Cheryl Cole has said she would not rule out being friends with ex-husband Ashley, as she talked about the collapse of her marriage in a new interview.

Speaking to The Guardian, the X Factor judge said: “We’ve been divorced. That’s a pretty big ending. Maybe we can be friends…one day.”

The 27-year-old added that she felt “embarrassed” dealing with reports of footballer Ashley’s infidelities while in the glare of the media.

“I’m human, I’m still a person you know,” she said. “I know to a lot of people the headlines and the stories they read are like some sick entertainment or soap opera, but it’s my life and I’m really dealing with it and it’s really happening. It’s my real life. Of course I was embarrassed.”

She also said that she had come to hate this year, after enduring the breakdown of her marriage and contracting malaria.

“I had no liver function, no kidney function, I was swollen with the fluid, I had no oxygen in my blood,” she revealed.

“I literally had 24 hours to get fluid out of my body otherwise my insides were going to pack in.

“You know how sometimes you feel ill and you say, ‘I feel like I’m dying?’ Well I actually felt like I was dying. I asked the nurse outright – was I going to die? She said, ‘There’s a possibility’.”

However Cheryl added she had received support throughout from Simon Cowell, and denied that she had fallen out with the mogul.

“If anything,” she said, “we’re the closest we’ve ever been.”