First Look: Cheryl Cole cover

This is Cheryl, reinvented

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And here she is. Our August cover star, Cheryl Cole, in her most surprising shoot and interview ever. This is Cheryl, reinvented.

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In a raw, uncensored interview the singer and X Factor judge discusses betrayals by both friends and lovers, being brought to the brink of breakdown, and her feelings around having children. She also gave us the exact wording of the text she sent one Mr Simon Cowell when she was dismissed from the US X-Factor, and what prompted her return to the UK show.

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Photographed by Ben Morris, Cheryl wears Gucci, J Brand, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Christopher Kane, and (on the cover) DSquared2, Philosophy and Manolo Blahnik. Check out her playful Q&A film from the cover shoot below.

Also this month, see our incredible, 30 page new-season fashion shoot starring Irina Kulikova, Franzi Mueller, Zen, Ragnhild and Josefin Gustafasson, plus what you should buy on the high street before it's gone from the rails. Kesha opens up about her recent rehab treatment in a moving memoir, and one ELLE writer describes the self-doubt that sets in when your partner has the perfect body. Plus, we show you four wearable hair and make-up looks for any summer occasion.

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