By CECILE METCALF
Venice Beach chums: Peter Andre runs into Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole while out with friends.
As far as unlikely celebrity friendships go this has to be one of the strangest ones yet.
In a completely chance encounter England footballer Ashley Cole bumped into his pal Peter Andre while on a bike ride along Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
Mysterious Girl singer Pete, who is currently facing a battle to keep his crown for being the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad Of the Year, is in LA filming his reality series for ITV2.
Pete has held the Dad Of The Year title for the past two years but could have his crown snatched from him this year by the ultimate daddy cool contender Gary Barlow.
As well as filming his reality show while in the States, Pete has also been spending time in the studio recording his new album.
And the super busy and seemingly very popular dad-of-three, bumped into another of his surprise friends while recording his new tracks in an LA studio.
Ashley Cole goes out on a bike ride along California's famous Venice Beach when he bumps into a Mysterious friend!
This is insania! fancy seeing you here?! Peter Andre and Ashley Cole bump into each other on Venice Beach, LA, as you do!
Singer and all round nice guy Peter Andre opts for an usual way of transportation as he minces around Venice Beach, LA while filming the next installment of his ITV2 reality show
Pete posted a snap of him hanging out with Chris Brown on his Twitter account earlier this week, and just look how excited Chris is to be hanging out with Katie Price's ex!
Along with the pic, Pete tweeted: 'Had another awesome day recording in Record Plant studios in LA . Great hanging out with Chris Brown.'
We're sure footage of Pete's bromance with Chris Brown and Ashley Cole will crop up on his reality series soon.
BFF's?! Peter Andre bumps into Chris Brown while recording a new album in LA.
Meanwhile one male celebrity not on Pete's BFF list is sure to be his Dad of the Year challenger X Factor judge Gary Barlow.
In a recent declaration on Twitter, the Take That star and soon to be father-of-four, threw down the gauntlet to his pop star rival, telling the Australian-born singer to 'move aside' so he could claim this year’s top accolade.
With a fourth child on the way, recently revealed to be a baby girl, the rivalry is certainly gathering pace between the two likeable dads!
You can vote for Pete, who has now won the coveted title two years in a row, or one of his challengers from 25 May by registering your votes at www.facebook.com/premierinn.
The winner of the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad Of The Year 2012 title will be announced on the 14 June, just in time for Father’s Day on 17 June.
Daddy Cool? Peter Andre takes on his biggest contender Gary Barlow in a clash of the titans in the battle to be crowned Dad Of The Year 2012