Derek Hough Feels 'Dreadful' About Cheryl Cole's Bout with Malaria

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Derek Hough was just trying to be adventuresome and romantic by taking his rumored girlfriend to Cheryl Cole to Tanzania, and it worked -- until she came back with malaria. The "Fight for This Love" singer is doing much better now, but it's been a rough week in the hospital.

Cheryl Cole is on the mend. (Bauer Griffin)
The Dancing with the Stars pro's stepfather Aaron Nelson told The Sun newspaper: “Derek feels guilty. He is very distressed about all of this. He feels he has done this to her. He rang his mom in tears. He organized the holiday as something wonderful. For it to end up like this is terrible. He feels dreadful.”

The 25-year-old hunk is believed to have canceled all engagements to be at Cheryl’s bedside at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. She was released from the center today and is now being treated in a private center.

The X Factor judge spent five nights in the medical center battling the disease, which is caused by a mosquito bite. A source revealed: “She really is very poorly indeed and doctors aren’t taking any chances. She is now in the best place for her with the best experts in the field to look after her.”

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