Singer Cheryl Cole in hospital with malaria: spokesman

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Pop star Cheryl Cole is in hospital in Britain after apparently contracting malaria while on holiday in east Africa, her spokesman said Tuesday.

Cole, who recently split from her England and Chelsea footballer husband Ashley, collapsed at a photoshoot Saturday and was taken to an exclusive hospital in London Sunday.

The 27-year-old singer is a member of Girls Aloud, one of Britain's most successful girl groups, and a solo artist in her own right, with hits including "Fight For This Love". She is also a judge on popular TV talent show "The X Factor".

"Cheryl Cole is currently in hospital, being treated for malaria," her spokesman said.

"Following doctors' advice, she will be cancelling all work commitments for the next week."