Nicola Roberts cancels NME gig to comfort Cheryl

Thursday February 25, 2010

The bond between the bandmates of Girls Aloud was clear for all to see this week.

Instead of going ahead with her scheduled appearance at Wednesday's NME awards, flame-haired Nicola Roberts spent the evening with newly-separated Cheryl Cole.

Nicola was spotted leaving Cheryl's Surrey home - where the X Factor judge has been since returning from LA on Tuesday - in the early hours of the morning.

Fellow bandmate Kimberly Walsh is also said to have rushed to be with Cheryl at her mansion.

"They are the first friends who have been allowed past the gates," a source tells the Daily Mirror.

"Cheryl values their friendship and wanted to see them for a heart-to-heart. They have always been there for each other and have provided a shoulder to cry on when needed. Cheryl just wanted a girls' night in with people she trusts."

A spokesperson for the band said the girls are supporting their pal in private but will not be making an official statement. 

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