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Cheryl out of intensive care at last

CHERYL Tweedy has finally been released from intensive care and is being transferred to a private clinic as she continues to battle malaria.

The X Factor judge (27) has been fighting the potentially fatal virus for the past week and there are still grave fears for her health.

But after treatment in intensive care at London's Hospital for Tropical Diseases, she was deemed well enough to transfer into private care. A spokesperson confirmed the move, saying: "Cheryl's been transferred to a private clinic where she'll remain for her recovery."

The singer is believed to have contracted the virus after her whirlwind trip to South Africa with close pal Derek Hough.


He has been constantly by her bedside along with her Girls Aloud bandmates and mum Joan.

Simon Cowell is due to visit her bedside over the coming days. The X Factor boss, despite his Mr Nasty image, has become so concerned with her health that he even postponed filming of the hit show.

He has told Cheryl that the show will be rearranged to make sure she still has a role.

An insider said: "All the judges have been really supportive of Cheryl, Simon in particular.

"He originally contacted her management team to inform them there was no hurry, her health was number one priority. She obviously missed a few of the regional auditions and bootcamp is due to start on July 22.

"Simon had a meeting with X Factor and ITV1 execs yesterday to instruct them to push back bootcamp until Cheryl is ready. Cheryl was due to go abroad with her group but this may be changed now too, and the whole format tinkered with to fit around her."