07/09/2010 14:31 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Vogue Cover Star Cheryl Talks About Her "Fresh Start"

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Cheryl Tweedy has landed the cover of October's Vogue, and in an interview with the magazine, speaks for the first time about her divorce from Ashley Cole. After overcoming a recent bout of malaria, the Girls Aloud star was photographed for the issue just hours before she was diagnosed with the disease.

On coping post-divorce, and whether she feels betrayed, Cheryl says: "Yes, definitely I do, but I've got to take everything that's happened and learn from it. I accept that that's a chapter of my life that's finished."

"And there's no children, you know? Some people's lives fall apart, are turned upside-down. Of course, it's heartbreaking, but it's not anything remotely like it could have been and I'm very, very thankful for that."

But starting a family is something Cheryl plans in her future. "That's definitely something I want to achieve," she says. "It's the toughest job in the world, but I know it must be the most rewarding too. But, see I am ready now. I'm 27. I'm a woman, not a girl any more. I really feel that."

The singer has a philosophical view on the emotional turbulence that she's experienced in recent months. "I accept that's a chapter of my life that's finished", she says, "and I've just got to be grateful that I've got so many good things going on."

Set against sugary pink backdrop, Cheryl was snapped for the magazine's cover by Patrick Demarchelier holding a bunch of lilac flowers. Cheryl's makeup is kept natural, and she wears a pale yellow chiffon blouse. What do you think about Cheryl's cover look? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Read the full interview in October's issue of Vogue, on sale from September 6.