Cheryl Cole ‘not dating Derek Hough’

London: Cheryl Cole’s friend has dismissed rumours that the star is romancing US dancer Derek Hough.

Derek, 25, had spent nights at her Surrey home after she filed for divorce from Ashley Cole.

And Derek`s stepdad, Aaron Nelson, last week claimed it was ‘true love’.

However, a friend of Cheryl has denied the rumours.

"She says they`re close but there’s no romantic connection,” News of the World quoted the friend as saying.

"But she doesn’t care if people think something is happening because it gives her the opportunity to explore her options.

“Cheryl is ready to move on and start dating again," the friend added.