Ashley Cole "Serenaded" Cheryl At Party
He apparently murdered Bruno Mars' tune Just The Way You Are...
A friend of the 42-year old minder revealed to the Sunday Mirror that Craig told them: "Cheryl was more than a client - I saw her almost like a sister. She and I spoke a lot about the pain Ashley caused her and I didn't want to see her hurt again."
Balkham - who was at Cheryl's side when she signed her divorce papers to free herself from her marriage to the sportsman - also claimed that Chezza was never than keen on rumoured beau, Derek Hough.
He is said to have admitted to his pal: "Cheryl was so much smarter and more worldly wise than Derek. He was much keener on her than she was on him. He was definitely in love with her - you could tell from the way he looked at her."
The source added: "But she was almost never openly affectionate with him in public. He was asked to walk behind her in public so they wouldn't appear in the same photos."