Kayla Collins says Ashley Cole is a sweet guy

Updated: Feb 01, 2011, 16:50 PM IST

London: Kayla Collins is all praise for footballer Ashley Cole despite their alleged break-up.

Speaking to ZOO magazine, the Playboy model – who has been romantically linked to the footballer– said she thought he was a "sweet guy" - even though he cheated on ex-wife Cheryl Cole.

"Ashley and I have been friends since we met in LA last summer, way before I was on I’m A Celebrity,” a daily quoted Kayla as saying.

"I had no idea how big a deal your soccer stars were. I knew him as Ashley, not ``Ashley Cole``.

"He’s a sweet guy and regardless of the reputation I’ve heard about since, he’s nice," she said.

And Kayla, who has been also seen with ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ star Mark Wright, admitted she has a softy spot for English men.