Cole credits Hough for saving her life

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2010, 12:09 PM IST

London: Singer Cheryl Cole has credited choreographer Derek Hough with saving her life by forcing her to get tested for malaria.

‘The Girls Aloud’ star admits she has a phobia of needles and was "really angry" with Hough for the suggestion - until doctors diagnosed her with the mosquito-borne illness, femalefirst.co.uk reported.

"I`m pathetic when it comes to needles. I was actually really angry with him for suggesting I get my blood taken. For making me have a needle. Little did I know, he saved my life," she said on Piers Morgan`s show ‘Life Stories’.

However, she refused to confirm rumours she and Hough are dating.

She said, "This is the last time I will ever talk about my private, personal life. I`m not willing to sit here and say he`s my boyfriend or he`s not. I`m not prepared to deny or admit anything and I don`t have to. We are very, very close. That`s obvious."

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