Britain’s sweetheart Cheryl Cole is the 2012 May cover girl for Marie Claire UK and the diva opens up to the magazine about her weight, her love for shoes, on being much more normal than she’s portrayed in tabloids and more, so check out excerpts of Ms. Cole’s interview with Marie Claire, as well as take a peek at a selection of photographs she shot with the magazine, and find out more about the gorgeous singer.

Celebrities are known for paying a huge amount of attention to their weight and follow rigorous diet programs and exercise routines to keep themselves in perfect shape. Cheryl Cole, who is a slim size 8, says that she does work out but doesn’t follow a diet, instead she tries to make healthy choices. She reveals to Marie Claire that she too suffers from weight fluctuations, but she’s found the perfect trick to help her feel and look comfy whether she’s packed a few pounds or shed them by keeping different size jeans in her wardrobe. She tells Marie Claire UK that:

“I’m like any other woman, my weight fluctuates. I have a pair of jeans one size bigger than the other just in case that week I’m a little bit heavier. I work out and try to make healthy choices.”

Ms. Cole, who revealed that she was advised to lose weight back in 2002 after winning the ITV talent shop Popstars: The Rivals, about the same time that she found fame with Girls Aloud, says she avoids dieting ‘like a plague’. She reveals that:

“I try to avoid them like the plague. That can get you into a vicious circle. I did when I was younger. When I first got in the band I remember the first mean story I read where newspapers called us “Pork Stars” – because the show was called Pop Stars: The Rivals. We were all fat… we were all fat! Not fat, chubby. And Louis Walsh had come out publicly and said, ‘They’re all fat. They all need to lose weight.’ And the record label sent us all to have training.”

However, her battle with malaria, which she contacted while on vacation in Tanzania in 2010, and which almost took her life, helped Cheryl switch her priorities. To get back on track after slimming down to a size 6 while battling the disease, Cheryl says she ‘ate everything’ and that ‘it’s now less about work, work, work and more about making time to chill and be with my friends and family’.

Cheryl Cole Covers Marie Claire UK May 2012

Cheryl Cole seems to have discovered her love for shoes for quite some time and since then developed an addiction. The singer also ventured into the shoe design industry and the line featuring her signature was quite a success. She tells Marie Claire about her shoe addiction that:

“It’s definitely got worse over the years, my shoe thing. Just worse and worse and worse. I should really seek a little bit of therapy. Me doing my own shoe range is quite cathartic.”

Although she’s made headlines with variosu stories regarding her life, Cheryl states that she has quite a normal lifestyle, much different than most people think. She tells the magazine that:

“I’m from such a normal family and background. I’m grateful for that; otherwise it could send you crazy… People have this crazy idea of my life.”

When it comes to regrets, the 28 year old singer says that life is too short to have regrets. Although she’s already gone through a divorce, Cheryl says that she tries to take things as they are.

“Life’s too short to have regrets. Mistakes are life. I don’t live like that. I don’t have that mentality. I think that things are sent to you so you learn and grow. If you regret them, you would never be the person that you are.”

Check out Cheryl Cole’s full interview and complete photo spread in Marie Claire’s UK, May 2012 issue. Photos courtesy of Marie Claire UK