Cheryl Cole has hinted that she might reconcile with her footballer husband Ashley, after speaking publicly about their split for the first time.

The News Of The World reports that The X Factor judge made her remarks when she was quizzed about her marriage on Norwegian TV.

Although initially she seemed reluctant to respond to the question, when asked if love was worth fighting for she said, “Sometimes things get tough but you’ve just got to fight on.

“What are you going to do? Give up, curl into a ball or are you going to keep fighting on. You can’t give up and lie down, you’ve got to keep going.”

Cheryl split from Ashley earlier in the year after it was revealed he had cheated on her with at least four other women.

However a source close to the footballer told the paper that the pair had spoken more in the past few days.

“They’re communicating constantly,” the friend said. “They’re always on the phone, especially by text.

“It’s not just Ashley, Cheryl is actively engaged. She knows she shouldn’t be, but her heart tells her otherwise. He’s taking a lot of hope from that, being very cocky and telling people he and Cheryl will definitely work things out.”