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ELLE's August cover star Cheryl Cole stunned us all last year when she posted a picture of a fresh tattoo covering her entire backside.

The standard reaction was that the former Girls Aloud star was going to regret carrying around a permanent rose bush, but tonight on The Graham Norton Show, the Geordie bombshell explains it all.

Cheryl reveals that when she fell seriously ill with Malaria in 2010 she made a 'f*** it list' - and the tattoo was on it. (At a expensive price, too; she admits that it was a price of a small car.)

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Cheryl also talks about returning to The X Factor and, despite claiming that things are 'frosty' between her and fellow judge Louis Walsh, 'it feels like I've never been away'.

Frankly, it's all just the tip of the iceberg. For the full story, be sure to pre-order the August issue of ELLE for the real Cheryl laid bare plus, of course, her incredible ELLE fashion shoot.

Watch the Cheryl Cole Q&A Video with ELLE