Simon Cowell has reportedly made it clear to Cheryl Cole, that he doesn’t approve of her relationship with Derek Hough.
The X Factor boss is said to have invited the pair to dinner in his London mansion just before they left for LA and in a man to man chat, told Hough that his presence could harm Cheryl’s career.
“Derek said Simon was friendly enough, but just very firmly told him exactly what he thought,” a source told The Mirror. “During the dinner Simon told Derek, ‘It’s nothing personal, I just don’t think Cheryl should be spending so much time with you so soon after her marriage breakup.'”
The chat is said to have worried Hough, because he knows how much Cheryl values Cowell’s advice. The source added:
“Derek told me Cheryl respects Simon more than anyone else and she knows it is down to him that she is where she is today. She thinks he is wise and emotionally intelligent, which is why Derek is so scared that Simon’s opinion could hurt them in the long run.”
“Simon told Derek he didn’t want to be mean to him, but he just wanted to make sure he did everything in his power to safeguard her happiness and career.”
Derek is said to have taken the dinner invite as a sign that Simon was welcoming him into the fold, however nothing could have been further from the truth. The insider continued:
“Instead of being happy for them, he told Derek he thinks right now Cheryl should be single. He noted that she would never have got malaria if she hadn’t gone off to Tanzania with Derek.
“Simon thinks she needs a more stable routine. He also pointed out to Derek that Cheryl is reluctant to give up the name Cole – in his opinion this speaks volumes about where she is emotionally.”
However, a spokesman for Cowell said last night: “Simon is very happy with anybody that will make Cheryl happy. Simon only cares about her health.
“He wouldn’t dream of telling anyone what to do in their private relationships. He just wants her to be happy and healthy, and that’s all that matters.
“There is absolutely no way Simon would be advising her and him about her private life. He was worried about her health and is very relieved she seems to be well again.”