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Cheryl Cole’s malaria battle

Singer Cheryl Cole's malaria battle "opened" her eyes to healthy living.The former X Factor judge caught the disease after visiting Africa last year with then-boyfriend Derek Hough, and although

Singer Cheryl Cole’s malaria battle “opened” her eyes to healthy living.

The former X Factor judge caught the disease after visiting Africa last year with then-boyfriend Derek Hough, and although she was in hospitalised she insists it did benefit her as it made her focus more on the important things in life.

“It opened my eyes to health and things I hadn’t focused on before. It’s now less about work, work, work and more about taking time to chill and be with my friends and family.” Cheryl says.

The 28-year-old singer was left bed-ridden by the effects of malaria and she has revealed the disease “ate away” her muscles and turned her complexion yellow.

“I was yellow because of my kidneys – it was a bit like jaundice. It was hard to find a matching foundation, let me tell you!”

“I had to take good care of myself and I was told to stop exercising and to gain weight to get well. I just ate everything.”

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