CHERYL’S husband Ashley did a runner from X Factor after her show-stopping performance, leaving her to celebrate on her own.
The England and Chelsea star vanished from the backstage party to toast her success. His disappearing act comes just a fortnight after Cheryl appeared to have a dig at her “play-away” hubby.
She said: “I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t trust anybody except my mother and my dogs.”
A show insider said: “When Ashley left it certainly raised a few eyebrows.
“You would think a husband would stay to celebrate with his missus.”
The former Arsenal defender, 28, was one of the VIP guests at The X Factor.
He and Girls Aloud members Sarah Harding, 27, Nicola Roberts, 24, and Kimberley Walsh, 27, came out in force to support Cheryl, who was nervous about sharing the bill with diva Whitney Houston, 46, and singing in front of fellow judges Simon Cowell, 50, and Dannii Minogue, 38.
But once the main X Factor show ended at 9pm, Ashley slipped off.
Audience members say he was smuggled out of the studios. It meant Cheryl was left to celebrate her amazing stage success without the support of her husband.
The singer stayed to do an interview at the start of ITV2’s Xtra Factor hosted by Holly Willoughby, 28. Then she went backstage to begin her celebrations.
Cheryl nipped back to the Xtra Factor studio to be interviewed with her evicted protege Rikki Loney, 21, until 10pm.
Then Cheryl joined her Girls Aloud pals for drinks before being snapped leaving the studios alone at 10.40pm.
Only last year, the couple hit the headlines over rumours that Ashley had a fling with a hairdresser.
A backstage X Factor worker said: “Ashley was eager to be in the audience and of course the cameras zoomed in on him sitting in the crowd smiling.
“But after that he did a disappearing act.
“He didn’t hang around.
“Thank God Sarah, Kimberly and Nicola were there otherwise she would have been celebrating on her own.
“It’s a bit odd Ashley didn’t stay till the end.”
X Factor and Cheryl’s spokesmen declined to comment.
An insider said: “Ashley wanted to be there in the audience to cheer Cheryl on.
“But Cheryl had to stay for the filming on ITV2 and so he left early because he had training the next day.”