Rumoured sackings, a malaria scare, some tattoos – Cheryl Cole’s had a lot on her plate in the past couple of years and refused any interviews for the entirety of 2011.
Until now. This week she’s back and looking better than ever on the cover of In Style’s December 2011 issue.
Although she’s ready to talk malaria, she’s keen not to dwell on the disease: “The malaria ate away at my muscles” she says, rolling her eyes, “but let’s not get grim. 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 making time to chill and be with my friends and family.
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.”
She’s moved on from all the X Factor US drama too admitting: “The X Factor just happened, really. Simon had previously asked me to do Britain’s Got Talent and I’d kind of said yes, then said no at the last minute and dropped them in it.”
The singer's even undergone something of a style reinvention - the InStyle shoot sees her with a decidedly '60s edge - all flicked black eyeliner, shift dresses, leather gloves and Mary Quant-inspired caps.
But when it comes to style, Cheryl has one very shocking revelation indeed: She wants to get an allover back tatt’!
Cheryl admits: “They are addictive, they really are. If it was up to me – and I could be brave for one day – I would have my whole back done. My friends say ‘Cheryl, please, you might regret it’, but to me, it’s art".
We love you Cheryl, but we’re with your mates on this one.
The full interview is in the December issue of InStyle, on sale Thursday