Cheryl Cole, 26, made a point of avidly watching Ashley play for Chelsea as the team first won the League and then the FA Cup.
And she couldn't resist texting him to say: 'Congratulations'.
A friend tells Now: 'She was taking a rare day off and was at their home in Surrey with her mum Joan when she watched Ashley win the FA Cup.
'When Chelsea won the League, she'd texted him and Ashley sent a flurry of texts in response. One of them was in the form of a poem that, he said, reminded him of Cheryl.
'Ashley was over the moon when she replied, since he'd been starting to believe that their marriage couldn't be saved. He told his friends - and Cheryl - that he still loves her with all his heart.
'At first she decided to play it cool and didn't reply, but she did show her friends the texts.
'When Chelsea won the FA Cup on 15 May, she couldn't resist telling him "well done" again and that started an exchange of more than a dozen texts between them.
'The renewed contact between them has confused Cheryl more than ever.'
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