CHERYL Cole jetted off to Los Angeles last night, but sent wayward husband Ashley a poignant message by swapping her wedding ring for a mini chicken kiev.
Cole attached the bite-size snack to her finger using Blu-Tack and Sellotape just hours after millions of viewers had tuned in to the Brit Awards to examine her hand during a raunchy, in-your-face performance of Fight for this Love.
Nikki Hollis, editor of Shit magazine, said: "She is obviously sending Ashley a message because their wedding theme was chicken kiev.
"The groomsmen wore matching chicken kiev coloured morning suits and the conference and event suite at Wrotham Park was filled with millions and millions of tiny golden breadcrumbs."
She added: "They chose chicken kiev because that was the first thing they argued about. Ashley kept saying it was named after a person, while Cheryl insisted 'kiev' was French for 'garlic butter'.
"By strapping the mini-kiev to her wedding finger she is either saying 'I love you, we can still work this out' or she is saying 'you were wrong all those years ago about kiev being a person and you're still wrong now'."
But while Cheryl feels betrayed by her husband's naked phone sex bid, friends say the real reason behind the collapse of the marriage is that after four years Ashley still does not really understand what his wife is saying most of the time.
Hollis said: "Let's be honest, he's not the only one. I suspect a lot of people have seen her L'Oreal advert and thought 'why is that Hungarian woman hugging a Union Jack throw pillow?'"
Meanwhile historian Professor Martin Bishop said it was a well-established practice for celebrities to communicate with each other using jewellery and newspapers.
He added: "Chamberlain knew he had been hoodwinked by Hitler after the Nazi dictator was pictured in the Daily Express without the friendship bracelet the prime minister had given him at Berchtesgaden in September 1938."