Cheryl Cole is preparing for a showdown with footballer husband Ashley when she returns to Britain on Monday, following claims that he chatted up a blonde in a club.
The couple almost split last year over allegations that he cheated with a hairdresser, so Cheryl, 25, put the Chelsea star on a strict 'no clubbing' promise while she is away climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief.
But today new details emerged about how the defender snapped in the early hours yesterday after being photographed at Collection nightspot in South Kensington with a female clubber.
X Factor judge Cheryl, six days into her African climb with eight other stars, burst into tears when she heard the news by phone. An expedition member said: 'She was very worried - really low.'
Cole was reportedly in a cordoned-off area of the club with team-mates John Terry and Michael Mancienne as they sat with a group of girls.
Onlookers claimed that he was talking to a blonde in a blue minidress.
One told The Sun: 'She placed her hands on his lap as she leaned in to speak into his right ear.'
Just after midnight the mood soured when the pair were pictured together and minders seized the camera.
Cole became abusive again when he was snapped leaving the club.
Police fined him £80 for being drunk and disorderly and he spent the night at Chelsea police station.
He is said to have been fined around £160,000, two weeks’ wages, by Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, and is thought to have been dropped from the squad for tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Coventry.
Cole stated: 'I felt I was being harassed by paparazzi and while complaining to the police about this at the scene they did warm me to calm down, a warning that I regrettably did not heed.
'I fully appreciate that whatever frustrations I may have had with others that it was completely inappropriate to vent those in conversations with police.
'However, I do want to make clear that I swore in frustration at the paparazzi's behavior. I would never disrespect police officers in that way.'
The saga comes as yet another blow to Cheryl's marriage to Cole, which was put under huge strain last year over allegations of his infidelity.
He was branded a love rat by hairdresser Aimee Walton, who claimed he cheated on Cheryl, 25, following a drunken night out with his footballing friends in late 2007.
Until now, Cole had generally stayed away from the party scene amid speculation he had promised to tame his ways in a desperate bid to win back his wife.\