Devoted Derek Hough at Cheryl Cole's side as recovering singer jets out to LA

Looks like Cheryl Cole will continue to recover from malaria with a little help from the California sunshine - and one of her new best friends.

The singer was spotted touching down at LAX airport on Thursday night, the day after she was spotted out in public for the first time since she was struck down by the illness.

And by Cheryl's side was her rumoured love interest Derek Hough, the man credited with helping her through her divorce from Ashley Cole.

Cheryl, 27, looked relaxed and happy as she strolled through the airport wearing a denim all-in-one tracksuit, sandals and aviator shades. Derek, meanwhile, followed behind at a discreet distance.

The Fight For This Love singer is said to have put on weight to aid her recovery.

Doctors apparently told her to change her diet – which now includes beans and roast dinners – and to reduce her workload.

Indeed, the star's mum Joan got her off to a good start, cooking her meals of kippers with scrambled eggs, pease pudding and ham and lentil soup.

And she was spotted walking away from a chain café on Wednesday holding a full fat frappuchino coffee.

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