Singer Cheryl Cole has got approval from her mother Joan Callaghan on her new boyfriend, American dancer Tre Holloway.
Callaghan had a strained relationship with her daughter's ex-husband Ashley Cole.
"Cheryl has described Tre as the polar opposite to Ashley. He's intelligent, caring and understanding," femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying.
"Many people think Tre's like a blend of Cheryl's exes, but he's a well brought up middle-class boy with nice manners, just like Cheryl's previous boyfriend Derek Hough.
"Yet he's also got an edgy vibe to him, like Ashley. Importantly, Cheryl's mum loves him," added the source.
Cole is said to be keen to build a relationship with Holloway's mother Shirley who admitted recently she is worried her son will get hurt in his new romance.
"Cheryl's already called Tre's mum for a chat and plans to visit her next time she's in the US," said the source.