Ashley Cole narrowly escaped the wrath of Cheryl's Girls Aloud bandmates in a club this weekend when they almost ran into each other on a night out.
The footballer escaped his ex-wife's pals Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh when they separately hit London's Rose Club on Saturday.
The sportsman and the pop star split in 2010 amid allegations he cheated, and good friends Nicola and Kimberley have been protective over Cheryl ever since.
Luckily for Ashley, a friend warned him the girls had hit the dance floor and the singers were more interested in having a good time than starting an argument.
A source told The Sun: "Ashley and his group were already settled in when the girls arrived. One of his friends saw them coming through the door and headed over straight away to warn him. He knows that Nicola and Kimberley are two of Cheryl's closest friends and that it would not be a good idea for them to cross paths.
"Fortunately, the girls' group was very tipsy and just concentrating on having a good time. Nicola and Kimberley both have long-term boyfriends. That means they weren't heading off round the club trying to find boys to chat to so they didn't realise he was there for a while."