Cheryl Cole has been on a media rollercoaster since her split from footballer Ashley Cole, which may or may not have had an effect on the decision made by 20 year-old student Tom Julius in an intriguing New Year's Eve nightclub incident.

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A Student Claims That Cheryl Cole Made A Move On Him At A NYE Party.

Julius, who studies History at Oxford Brookes, has sold a story to the newspapers in which he claims that not only was he the singer's choice for the all-important midnight snog, he was also invited back for a little private time with the Geordie star.

The 30-year-old allegedly met Julius in Cape Town nightclub Shimmy Beach Club where they were both celebrating the New Year with friends. Just before midnight, Tom's brother pointed out that the Girls Aloud singer was stood near him and he decided to strike up a little conversation. "I turned around and just said 'Hi!' I started talking to her [...] She wasn't the most educated and well spoken person I've ever met. I said my brother was at uni in Newcastle and started joking about how I was single. She laughed and stroked my face. She stroked my hair and started going mad," told Julius.

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However, what happened next made his night: "She kissed me on the lips and on the forehead. She was dancing on top of me with her arms around me, squeezing me. I thought, 'What the f*** is going on?'" Julius instantly recognised that his new celebrity friend was highly inebriated and turned Cheryl down when she suggested they leave the dancefloor to head for a "quiet drink" somewhere else.

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Though many would brand the overwhelmed youngster mad for rejecting such a proposal, he explains that he was following his instincts. "I was a little nervous what might happen with all her bodyguards around. She was really friendly but obviously smashed," he told The Tab. However, he did admit that in hindsight he wishes he'd taken the plunge just to see what would have happened at a private reception with Ms. Cole. "It was the biggest mistake of my life," he admitted regretfully.

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Photos uploaded on to Instagram by Cole show a cosy snap of the pair looking merry amongst a collage of other photos from the roof-raising evening. "To the people I met on new year!! Cheers! ?? great night!!! (So I hear).' ??," she captioned the photo montage.

Though it doesn't appear that any lasting relationship has been struck up by the encounter, Tom has revealed that he wants to meet up with Cheryl again to take her on a date, bizarrely to her ex-husband Ashley Cole's former football club, Arsenal. "If you're ever in Oxford, I'll take you out on the toon. We can share a vk or two. I'm a huge Arsenal fan and season ticket holder. We can go on a date to the Emirates. Ashley might be a Premier League footballer, but I'm doing pretty well in my history degree," he joked.

Cheryl has not denied that Julius' version of events happened, but has taken issue with certain media outlets' use of one of her Instagram photos to accompany the unlikely story. She posted a photo captioned "My New Years kiss ?????" on the photo sharing website showing her kissing someone who is clearly a young child and obviously not Tom Julius, as has been claimed.

"I just saw this on my twitter and had to laugh!" she wrote "This is clearly a child! Look at him! His name is Ben and he is 9 years old. That's enough now. Come on now for goodness sake. This is a new level of stupid."