Malaria turned Cole's life around

Congleton Guardian: Cheryl Cole revealed having malaria changed her life Cheryl Cole revealed having malaria changed her life

Cheryl Cole has revealed how having malaria made her reassess her life.

The Girls Aloud singer and former X Factor judge admitted that she even started writing a will following her near-fatal brush with the disease, after a trip to Tanzania with dancer Derek Hough in 2010.

The star opens up in her autobiography Cheryl: My Story, which is being serialised in The Sun.

"Now I feel sure I had it for a reason. It's almost as if it was God's way of forcing me to stop and get off the roller coaster ride my life had become. It made me take a good look at myself - and that's what I've done," she said.

Cheryl, who was diagnosed with the worst strain of malaria, falciparum, decided to pen her will after being told by a nurse that death was a possibility.

"I can clearly remember asking the nurse if I was dying - and feeling relieved when she said, 'It's a possibility'. 'Make this end', I thought. I just had nothing left," she recalled.

"Afterwards I told mam: 'I'm gonna write me will. Bring paper. I need to tell you what to do'. I was matter of fact. I was so over it by now - too tired to take any more."

As the 29-year-old recovered from the disease, she realised she wanted to change her life.

She continued: "I'd had enough. I wanted to be floating around on the carousel, not watching my knuckles turn white on the roller coaster. I just had to work out how to change my life."

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