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Cheryl Cole recovering from malaria

Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole, who has been battling malaria, is finally out of intensive care and her rumoured boyfriend Derek Hough is blaming himself for her health.

entertainment Updated: Jul 10, 2010 17:55 IST

Singer Cheryl Cole, who has been battling malaria, is finally out of intensive care.

She has been moved from the Hospital for Tropical Diseases at University College London to a private clinic.

Cheryl Cole"Cheryl Cole came out of intensive care. She has now been transferred to a private clinic where she will remain for her recovery," femalefirst.co.uk quoted a statement as saying.

However, Cole's rumoured boyfriend Derek Hough is said to be distraught and is blaming himself for her health. He had taken her on a holiday to Africa last month after which she came down with fever.

Malaria which attacks the body's liver and blood flow is spread by mosquitoes.

Derek's stepfather Aaron Nelson said: "Derek feels guilty. He is very distressed about all of this.

"He feels he has done this to her. He rang his mom in tears. He organised the holiday as something wonderful. For it to end up like this is terrible. He feels dreadful," he added.

Cole has been told by X Factor judge Simon Cowell to take off as much time as she needs and to not return to the audition stage of the competition until she is better.

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