Yeah, it's a been rocky year for Cheryl Cole. The 27-year-old brunette/blonde singer from England has been a tabloid regular (in the U.K., at least) because of her messy divorce from soccer star (and serial adulterer) Ashley Cole. Making matters worse, she contracted malaria (malaria!) during a summer holiday in Tanzania. Ouch. BUT things are starting to look up: Cheryl is back as a judge alongside Simon Cowell for the new season of Britain's ever-popular The X Factor, with rumors that she may join the U.S. cast when the show arrives here next year; she's been name-dropped by Justin Bieber as a possible co-star in his vision of a Grease remake; and she's recently been spotted getting her groove back with a new man. And oh yeah: She's still one of the baddest chicks in the world, full stop. So, to kick off your Labor Day weekend, have a gander at Cheryl Cole's Hottest Pics—and ask Ashley Cole: What the fuck were you thinkin', mate?