Cheryl Cole's mother has banned the singer's boyfriend from proposing to her on Christmas Day (25.12.12).

The Girls Aloud beauty has been dating Tre Holloway for around six months and the smitten dancer was planning to pop the question when they are with his family in America over the festive period.

However, Cheryl's protective mother Joan Callaghan has scuppered his plans as she thinks it's too soon, especially as Cheryl was so hurt when her marriage to soccer player Ashley Cole ended in 2010 after he cheated on her.

A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Tre called her and said he wanted to propose to Cheryl when they are in America with his parents. He wanted to do it on Christmas Day, but Joan refused to give her blessing.

''She's warming to Tre but there's no way she's going to let another man take Cheryl down the aisle so quickly.

''Tre's got his work cut out if he thinks he can get around Joan so soon.''

Cheryl is very close to her mum and famously moved her into the marital home she once shared with ex-husband Ashley, soon after they tied the knot in 2006.

However, the marriage ended less than four years later after he cheated on her with a string of women.

Tre is Cheryl's first serious boyfriend since the split and he has already won over her friends with the way he treats the 'Call My Name' hitmaker.

However, the source added: ''Tre, like scores of men, wants to marry Cheryl. But there is a lot of work to do to convince Joan he's not in this for money or fame.''