By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Where's Cheryl? Derek Hough spent time alone on the beach during their South African break
He's barely left Cheryl Cole's side since the pair jetted out to South Africa for their New Year holiday.
But Derek Hough was just as happy to spend some time alone during their break, for there was no sign of the X Factor judge as he took to the beach on Thursday.
The Dancing With The Stars professional, 26, had obviously left Cheryl, 26, l to her own devices for a while as he surfed in the sea around Camps Bay, Cape Town, where the pair have been staying.
Surf's up: Derek took to the waves in the sea off Camps Bay - but there was still no sign of Cheryl
However reports suggest that she was watching from the balcony of the couple's beach side villa as Derek joined in a game of volleyball on the sand.
The pair spent New Year in South Africa, and shared their first public kiss at a party to celebrate the start of 2011.
The dancer has reportedly also bought the singer a £10,000 diamond bracelet as a love token.
Playing around: The Dancing With The Stars performed took part in a game of beach volleyball
Utah-born Hough whisked Cheryl away for a week-long break to mark the end of a year which the Girls Aloud star judge has described as 'the worst of my life' after she divorced from Ashley Cole and almost died from malaria following her visit to Tanzania six months ago.
She apparently jetted off with the dancer hours after she and ex Ashley swapped Christmas gifts.
And Chelsea star Ashley was reportedly left close to tears as Cheryl and Derek were snapped at a New Year's Eve bash together.
Relaxing break: Derek has been staying with Cheryl in a beach side villa in Camps Bay, Cape Town
The pair are staying in a luxury beachside villa in the Camps Bay resort a few miles outside Cape Town and saw in 2011 at a £1million house party apparently thrown by American property mogul Preston Haskell.
It was there that they shared a kiss after toasting each other with champagne, as the midnight chimes rang out.
However, Cheryl has still remained coy as to whether she and Derek are actually an item.
Keeping them guessing: Derek and Cheryl have looked closer than ever as they celebrated New Year in South Africa
During her interview on Piers Morgan's Life Stories in October, she revealed how Derek made her get a blood test when she fell ill.
'He's an amazing, amazing person...I can never repay him for saving my life,' she said.
'I am not confirming or denying anything. People can think he's my boyfriend, people can think he's my best friend.'
Cheryl Cole moving in with Derek Hough CSF Rieti By Sandro Matocci
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