The footie ace, who has never seen eye-to-eye with his mother-in-law, blames her for wrecking his and 26-year-old Cheryl"s sex life which in turn he says led to him playing away. “With mum-in-law around, he knows that he doesn"t stand a chance," the Daily Star quoted a source as saying.
It was Joan who showed him the door on her daughter"s behalf on March 12 just 40 minutes after he returned from a three-week spell in a French sports injury clinic. And Cheryl, who is recovering from bronchitis, spent March 14 with her mum discussing a permanent move to Los Angeles where Simon Cowell, 50, has offered her the chance to be a judge on American X Factor.
Ashley, 29, who is staying with a pal, knows he faces a real battle to win back his wife while her mum is bending her ear. “He"s very down. He expected to at least talk with Cheryl when he returned from France. But it didn"t happen. Her mum took control and supervised him while he collected his stuff," a club insider said.
“Ashley suspects Joan is not exactly his No 1 fan at the moment. And the thought of the pair of them holed up on Mother"s Day must have really hit him. Ashley wants to say his piece to Cheryl one-to-one with no external influence,"" the insider added.