Cheryl Cole’s crush

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The former X Factor Judge and Girls Aloud singer has admitted that she has a crush on the ex-Hollyoaks hunk, who once dated Billinge actress and soap co-star Carley Stenson.

She joked to friends about his delicious six-pack.

A source told Now magazine: “Cheryl saw pictures of Ricky and thought he was really fit.”

The pair have yet to meet, but Ricky, who moved to the US to pursue an acting career after living in Billinge, is reportedly very flattered.

He said: “Wow. I’m honoured. I’ve always thought she was beautiful.

“We’ve never met but I’m back in the UK next weekend for a friend’s wedding, so maybe she could be my date!”

Ricky is to star in Single Ladies, an American show on VH1 which follows three women’s relationships.

He plays Charles, a world traveller and journalist who catches the eye of one of the ladies. The show will be aired in the US this summer.