Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts go out as a three AGAIN!

Girls Aloud might be reunited but we can't help but notice it seems they have diminished into a three rather than a five.

Girls Aloud are a five piece y'know! Copyright: [rex]

Kimberley Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts were out together again last night while Nadine Coyle and Sarah Harding were notably absent.

Earlier this week Cheryl's PA tweeted this picture of the girls ahead of the Royal Variety performance and again, it was just the three of them prancing along the corridor:

Yep, just the three. Copyright: [Twitter]

It seems whenever we see pictures of the Girls Aloud ladies off stage- at dinner, partying, on holiday - it is always just the three of them.

Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley WalshNicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh with Cheryl Cole last night. Copyright [Twitter/Nicola Roberts]

Well, we suppose that really they are just five girls chucked from nowhere so is it any surprise that some get along better than others?

After Girls Aloud went on a break in 2009 there were loads of rumours that Cheryl Cole and Nadine Coyle had fallen out.

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It was believed that while Cheryl invited the other girls to watch her X Factor performance in 2010, she didn't invite Nadine.

Three certainly isn't crowd! Copyright: [Twitter]

However, Cheryl has always rubbished these rumours even though the pair rarely socialise.

And with Sarah, Cheryl says in her book that Sarah has always liked her independence and kept her distance from the other girls.

Plus, when Cheryl went on holiday to Thailand in the wake of the Ashley Cole cheating scandal it was Nicola and Kimberly who went with her.

Whoever said three was a crowd?