Cheryl’s ex Derek Hough says the pair aren’t in touch but he has ‘nothing but love for her’

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Six-time Dancing With The Stars champion Derek Hough has danced with some of the biggest names in showbiz, including Nicole Scherzinger, Lil’ Kim and Amber Riley. However, he also enjoyed a brief romantic partnership with former Girls Aloud singer, Cheryl.

In an exclusive chat with OK! – ahead of his appearance in Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series which airs 14 May – Derek revealed that he’s no longer in contact with his famous ex-girlfriend, but confirmed that he has “nothing but love” for her.

The pair were tight-lipped about the short romance they shared back in 2010, never confirming they were a couple until three years later. In 2013, Derek admitted they did date briefly after he was offered a job choreographing Cheryl’s music video for Parachute.

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Back then, The Daily Mail reported that Derek said: “We dated for a while. Absolutely we are still friends, we are still very close," at the BBC Worldwide Dancing With The Stars event in London.

However, when we spoke to the 35 year old performer in April, we asked if he and Cheryl were still friends and he said: “No, I haven’t really stayed in contact. I’ve got nothing but absolute love for her though.”

Although things didn’t work out with Cheryl – who recently admitted she "regrets the distance that developed" between herself and Sarah Harding after Girls Aloud split – Derek is now in a happy relationship with Hayley Erbert.

The pair met on Dancing With The Stars where 26 year old Hayley worked as a troupe dancer for the show.

It’s difficult to nail down exactly how long the pair have been dating, but it’s reported that they began their relationship in 2016.

The gorgeous couple regularly post videos to their joint YouTube account – Derek & Hayley x Dayley Life – and recently recreated the dance that made them fall in love.

The pair performed a steamy rumba to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect on stage during a tour where they shared their first kiss.

As well as flying high in the romantic department, Derek is set to star in the latest series of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – a mockumentary based on the all-singing, all-dancing Disney phenomenon that hit our screens 15 years ago.

He told us: “It’s fun, energetic, fast-paced and really funny. Plus, the cast are incredibly talented so it’s worth watching. It’s pure entertainment and that’s what I’m all about – bringing joy through performing.”

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premieres on 14 May on Disney+

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