10 years of Girls Aloud

To celebrate the return of Girls Aloud to the region on their 'Ten' tour, we put together a gallery to show ten years of Girls Aloud.

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Cheryl Cole talks of malaria near-death experience

Returning X Factor star Cheryl Cole has described her near death experience of malaria as she helps to raise funds to fight the disease through Sport Relief.

The star contracted the disease on a holiday in Tanzania. Credit: Reuters

Cole claims doctors gave her just a day to live at one stage when she was struck down with the illness after contracting it on holiday in Tanzania. She said:

"When I climbed Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief five years ago it was honestly one of the hardest things I've ever done.

"The motivation lay in knowing it could help in eradicating malaria and ultimately saving lives by providing mosquito nets.

"I didn't for one minute think that only a year later I would get malaria myself and become so ill that at one point I was given 24 hours to live.

"It was the scariest thing you could ever imagine for me and for my friends and family. The pain I felt and went through, it's what so many people go through, all because they don't have a mosquito net which could save their life.

"I was lucky, I had the best care I could get. Some people are not so lucky."

Simon and Cheryl talk of their X Factor return

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole have spoken of their return to X Factor after their well-documented fall-out.

The pair fell out in 2011 after Cowell sacked Cole from the American version of the show after only three weeks as a judge.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole speak to Daybreak about their X Factor return. Credit: ITV/Daybreak

She had only filmed one episode before being dropped by Cowell and the incident soured relations between the pair.

Speaking to Daybreak, Simon said: "I have done this a long time. You have fall-outs along the way. I held my hands up and said I made a mistake and I was sorry - and I was sorry. Then when I decided to come back, I also decided I had to have Cheryl back on the show with me."

Cheryl explained how she finally gave in to Simon's pleas to return to the ITV show: "There's only so much begging one can take and it's not nice to see a grown man cry, so I finally succumbed."

It is yet to be confirmed which other judges will be joining the pair on the show's panel.

To watch their interview in full, visit the Daybreak website

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Cheryl Cole heads to Coronation Street for charity

Cheryl Cole has joined regulars at Coronation Street's Rovers Return to film a special episode that will be screened as part of ITV's Text Santa campaign.

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Cheryl Cole will make an appearance in Coronation Street to help raise money for Text Santa. Credit: ITV

Read: Cheryl Cole does not 'even think' about Simon Cowell

The former Girls Aloud songstress is to star alongside soap stars Michelle Keegan (Tina), Simon Gregson (Steve), Kym Marsh (Michelle) and Andy Whyment (Kirk) in the episode that will be screened as part of ITV's Text Santa programme on Friday 20th December.

Cheryl Cole with Michelle Keegan Credit: ITV

In the storyline Cheryl heads to the Rovers, looking for her childhood friend, barmaid Tina, and aims to take her up to Newcastle to celebrate Christmas - but things do not go according to plan.

The former X Factor judge said: "It has always been part of my life, we'd all watch it as kids every night. It's surreal to be part of something I've watched my whole life.

"It's great to be able to support six wonderful charities and I really hope that this year's appeal makes a difference to many lives."

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Read: Cheryl Cole's rose tattoo gets mixed reviews

Cheryl Cole splits from US dancer boyfriend

Singer Cheryl Cole has split-up with her US dancer boyfriend.

Cheryl Cole and Tre Holloway (centre) performing last year. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The former judge on ITV's X Factor had dated Tre Holloway, 28, since last year but are believed to have separated as far back as June.

The pair met when he appeared alongside the 30-year-old former Girls Aloud star for a TV performance on the X Factor and they had been travelling between the UK and US to spent time together.

Cole, who recently added to her tattoo collection with roses across her lower back and bottom, was previously married to Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole but they divorced in 2010.

A spokesman for the singer confirmed she and Holloway have split.

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Cheryl Cole crashes out in Las Vegas for 30th birthday

Cheryl Cole crashes out with boyfriend Tre Holloway and Girls Aloud bandmates. Credit: Twitter/ Lisa Laudat

Pictures have emerged from Cheryl Cole's 30th birthday party in Las Vegas showing her passed out on a sofa with boyfriend Tre Holloway and fellow Girls Aloud bandmates Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

It was revealed last week that Cheryl was planning to spend £50,000 for her birthday celebrations.

She later thanked fans on her Twitter for all of her birthday wishes, saying: "Awwww!!! Thank you all sooo much for my birthday wishes, you are the sweetest!!!!!! "

Cheryl answers your Twitter questions on Daybreak

Cheryl Cole revealed on Daybreak this morning that she feels "empowered" turning 30 this year.

Speaking to Richard Arnold, the singer said: “I’m turning 30 in June ... I’ve had an incredible decade in this industry, with the highs and the lows. Thirty is a very empowering age for me, I feel the best I’ve ever felt.”

Cheryl said she feels 'the best I’ve ever felt.'
Cheryl said she feels 'the best I’ve ever felt.'

During the interview she answered questions from fans on Twitter.

Asked by one fan if she would ever release a fitness DVD, Cheryl responded: “No, I look awful when I’m working out. The frizzy hair, the red face - it's not a pretty sight. It's not something you'd want on a big TV screen, trust me."

Watch the interview on the Daybreak website.

Kimberley Walsh to write her autobiography

Kimberley Walsh will follow in the footsteps of her ex bandmate Cheryl Cole, as the star is set to write her autobiography.

The former Girls Aloud singer, who reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing last year losing out to Louis Smith, will release her book in the autumn.

Kimberley Walsh released her debut solo album Centre Stage earlier this year Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Walsh said: "People have been asking me to tell my story for years but it never felt right while the band was still together."

Girls Aloud, formed through ITV series Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, announced they were splitting last month after a ten year anniversary reunion tour.

Read: Girls Aloud announce split

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