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Cheryl Cole 'wants to quit showbusiness'

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Cheryl Cole has reportedly said that she wants to quit showbusiness for good.

The 'Promise This' singer was described by former minder Criag Balkam as being "torn" between her desire to crack America and her growing exasperation with the pressures of fame.

Recalling Cole's time in LA ahead of her doomed X Factor USA stint, Balkam said: "Cheryl kept saying she wanted to get out of showbusiness. She said that she had enough of being a prisoner in her hotel room. That was a phrase she used a lot.

"She said she wanted to be a normal person again. But at the same time she was very keen to crack it in America - as though she was torn between the two."

Balkam added that Cole had started to empathise with troubled singer Britney Spears during her darkest times, and had expressed a desire to make the 'Gimme More' singer "normal again".

"She used to talk about Britney Spears. She kept saying that she wanted to help Britney - that she thought she could become like a big sister to her and make her normal again after all her crazy behaviour."

Balkam claimed today that Cole's close friend Derek Hough was "definitely in love" with her.

Watch Cheryl Cole in the video for 'Promise This' below:

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