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Cheryl Cole seen out for first time since malaria

Cheryl Cole - BEFORE she got malaria

Cheryl Cole has been seen out in public for the first time since coming down with the tropical disease malaria.

The singer was spotted on Wednesday looking healthy and smiling as she visited a coffee shop in Surrey, south-east England.

She was dressed casually, in a loose white top, blue jeans and flip-flops.

The X Factor judge had to pull out of the show's boot camp because of her illness. It's thought she caught it during a trip to Tanzania in Africa.

Simon Cowell has said he doesn't want Cheryl to return to the TV talent show too early and risk becoming ill again.

But it's hoped she'll be back for the judges' houses stage of the competition, which is due to start filming in the next month or two.