London: Cheryl Cole`s rumoured dancer boyfriend Derek Hough has spoken of his overwhelming "guilt" after taking Cheryl Cole to Africa, where she contracted malaria.
"I blame myself for all of this. I convinced Cheryl to come on holiday with me to Tanzania. We might have gone somewhere else if it had been up to her," contctmusic.com quoted him as saying.
"I`ve been worried sick about her in hospital. When I`m not by her side I`m praying for her."
He had taken her on a holiday to Africa last month after which she came down with fever.
Meanwhile, Cole`s worried father Gary Tweedy is in constant touch with his daughter on the phone.
"She has been in a bad way and we have obviously been worried. But she`s on the mend now. We don`t know how long she`ll be in the hospital. I don`t think the doctors know. We`re just all so relieved she`s all right."
A representative for the singer insists she is making "good progress" after being moved from an intensive care unit into a private clinic.