X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has spoken for the first time about her near death battle with malaria.
The Geordie singer told Piers Morgan's Life Stories that she first noticed symptoms after her return from holiday in Tanzania with Derek Hough.
She told Piers: "I woke up in the morning and I was putting my moisturiser on and my skin hurt. My lips were blue.
"I thought, 'You're getting the flu'. Not for one second did malaria cross my mind."
Cheryl revealed that her condition worsened during an X Factor photoshoot in Cardiff.
She revealed: "I said just let me lie down for an hour, I'll be OK. And that was it. I was out. I was just so weak and sick. I was exhausted."
Cheryl was subsequently diagnosed with the deadly disease and rushed into hospital.
Cole added:"I remember feeling like I was dying. I was actually thinking if it's going to happen, please just hurry up. I wasn't scared. I was exhausted." Derek said: "I remember Cheryl saying, 'Am I going to die?' and the doctor coming up to her and saying, 'There's a possibility.' "
Life Stories with Cheryl Cole is on STV on Saturday, October 23, at 10pm.
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