Amanda Holden has revealed her close friend Cheryl Cole “doesn’t need a man”.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge said she has just returned from America where she caught up with Cheryl who was recently taken to hospital after contracting malaria.

“I had some drinks with her. She’s fabulous. I think people should stop seeing her as as this little hard done-by girl,” Amanda said.

“She’s a feisty, strong girl from Newcastle and she isn’t who she is through being airy fairy. She’s strong and she’s good. She’s absolutely fine and she doesn’t need a man.”

X Factor judge Cheryl is now officially divorced from England footballer Ashley Cole following a final hearing this month and has recently been linked to dancer Derek Hough.

Amanda was talking at the GQ Men of the Year 2010 awards where she was dressed in a one-shoulder blue dress from fellow reality TV judge Dannii Minogue’s new fashion line Project D.