A smiling Cheryl Cole steps out after malaria battle

Thursday July 29, 2010

Cheryl Cole looked happy and healthy as she was spotted out for the first time in nearly a month, since contracting malaria after a holiday in Tanzania.

The ex-Girls Aloud singer traded her normally glam style for a casual ensemble of jeans, a white T-shirt and flip flops while taking a coffee break in Surrey on Wednesday.

And she completed her look with a huge smile – a sure sign that she's feeling better after spending the last two weeks recuperating at home.

Cheryl, who is expected to rejoin the judges panel on the current series of X Factor, took time to chat and pose for photos with some fans.

Her friend and boss Simon Cowell also recently confirmed that her heath has improved.

"Judging by the text messages I've had, she is definitely looking forward to getting back to work," he says.

"The texts are getting increasingly feisty so she's on the mend."

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