March 13th, 2009
Was Ashley Cole Set Up?
A very purr-worthy piece of gossip just popped in our inbox, courtesy of the delightful scamps at over at Popbitch.
First, a quick bit of background for those who need it: after a recent charity event with Chelsea, a rather sloshed Ashley Cole was photographed at a nightclub talking to a “mystery” blond. Cut to some pushy-shovey-shouty scene involving the paparazzi, and Ashley being led off in handcuffs.
This happened at the same time as his wife, Cheryl, was climbing Mount Kilamanjaro for the Comic Relief charity. She probably wasn’t even wearing lipstick at the time, poor lass.
However, things suddenly aren’t looking so cut and dry. Talk is spreading amongst insiders that this “mystery” skeeve/skank/wagabee was allegedly hired by the tabloids (who had already been following Ashley closely with their cameras poised for potential misbehaviour while his wife was away.)
The current theory in one newsroom is that the “mystery blonde” was in the employ of the tabloid… And, the Sun’s showbiz editor, Gordon Smart, was supposed [to have been] on the Comic Relief trip – and only a family bereavement stopped him from being on hand for the exclusive on Cheryl’s reaction after Ashley’s arrest.
Was Ashley set up? Sure, he shouldn’t have had much to say to the random chica other than, “I’m married, luv, piss off now”, but it certainly offers up another possibility as to why he reacted the way he did when the flashbulbs started popping.