July 6, 2010 / 10:17 AM / 9 years ago

Singer Cheryl Cole in hospital with malaria

Singer Cheryl Cole arrives on the red carpet for the screening of "Hors La Loi" (Outside the Law) in competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer and television personality Cheryl Cole has contracted malaria and is being treated in hospital, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old, best known as a member of the band Girls Aloud and a judge on “The X Factor” reality television series, had already canceled her work commitments for a week on the advice of doctors.

Cole recently returned from a short break in Tanzania with her friend and dancer Derek Hough, according to the BBC.

Newspapers reported on Monday that she had fainted during a photoshoot for her second solo album at the weekend and was diagnosed with exhaustion and gastroenteritis.

The singer separated from her husband Ashley Cole, a soccer player with London club Chelsea, in February and filed for divorce in May.

Since their marriage in 2006, the couple have lived in the full glare of the media spotlight, with paparazzi following their every move.

Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato

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