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Cheryl Cole to split from husband Ashley

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Pop star Cheryl Cole has separated from her husband footballer Ashley Cole, her spokesman has announced.

"Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time," a statement said.

The announcement follows speculation about their private life and recent press reports that their four year marriage was in trouble.

The BBC's Lizo Mzimba has the latest.

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