Credit: AKM IMAGES / Splash News Photo: Derek Hough on the Beach

Well, that answers that question.

We were wondering how Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough was handling the whole Cheryl Cole X-Factor situation. He's been in Canada shooting the film Cobu 3D, while she’s been going back and forth between the U.K. and the U.S. to deal with The X-Factor business.

The Mirror is now reporting that Derek and Cheryl are dunzo, with Derek ending the relationship two weeks ago — just before Cheryl was cut from X-Factor. Could this be why folks were saying she seemed unhappy and out of sorts while taping the show? Or did Derek say goodbye because of Cheryl’s “frailties”?

Derek’s stepfather Aaron Nelson confirmed the split to the Sunday Mirror, saying “It’s sad – but it was just not working out. Derek just wants to move on with his life.”

Derek supposedly told a friend, “I love that girl with all my heart, but I just can’t do it any more. I have done everything I can to pick Cheryl up. But every time I am with her she refuses to leave her room for days and days. It’s not healthy behavior and doesn’t make for a healthy relationship. It’s tough but I have to leave Cheryl and get on with my life.”

The paper says Cheryl is getting close with her ex-husband Ashley Cole and is even considering taking him back. Another friend told The Mirror, “Everyone knew Derek and Cheryl would drift apart ­eventually. Derek has been wonderful support for her during the last year, but there was a real lack of spark between them. With Ashley it is so different. He is still the one person who can make Cheryl smile when she feels down. The truth is she’s still in love with Ashley.”

But Derek helped her get over her malaria scare! If this news is true, it means Derek is back on the market — just in time to flirt with whoever they give him for a DWTS Season 13 partner!

Source: The Mirror