The Sun says reports that Cheryl Cole is willing to take back Ashley has angered Will.i.am, who is now her manager.
A friend said: "She is blinded by the hope of a future with Ashley. Her mum has told her there's nothing more she can do. And Will.i.am is demanding to know what's going on.
"Cheryl feels everyone has abandoned her. Her only friend is Kimberley (Walsh) - and sadly, Ashley."