Cheryl Cole wants babies, but not marriage

London: Despite wanting to start a family, Cheryl Cole has reportedly ruled out walking down the aisle again.

The X Factor judge shocked her dancer boyfriend Derek Hough last weekend when she told him that she will never marry again.

“Cheryl has told Derek point blank that she won’t marry him,” the Daily Star quoted a close pal of 25-year-old Derek, as saying.

“They’ve been talking a lot recently about what the future holds for them. Cheryl has told Derek she loves him and wants to settle down and start a family. But she’s made it quite clear that it won’t involve a wedding,” he added.

“She’s been permanently scarred by her marriage break-up with Ashley and can’t face going through another divorce,” said the friend.

The revelation was the second blow for the blond hunk in as many days after Cole told him she would not move in with him when she relocates to America.

“Derek has really been hit hard by Cheryl’s change of heart. He is desperate to get married and settle down,” said the friend.

“She wants to have babies – and lots of them – and has told him that he’s the man she wants to be with. But he had his hopes set on a really big wedding,” he added.

He said Hough is very traditional and grew up in a Mormon household where having children out of wedlock is absolutely not acceptable.

Sources close to the couple said that they were more in love than ever after their romantic New Year getaway to South Africa.

But the 27-year-old Geordie star has made it clear to Hough that he must be patient and go at her speed or their relationship will be over.