Cheryl Cole for InStyle July 2013 cover shoot in Dolce & Gabbana dress

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Cheryl Cole strikes a pose for InStyle's July issue, revealing her thoughts on X Factor, Simon Cowell and the big 3-0.

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Showing off her super toned figure in a wicker bustier dress by Dolce & Gabbana, the singer told InStyle: "The last X Factor series I did was too hard for me. I wasn’t right in my mind enough to give it my everything and be focused. And I wasn’t strong enough mentally."

Cheryl Cole for InStyle July 2013 cover shoot in Louis Vuitton dress

And when asked whether Simon Cowell asked her to come back to boost flagging X Factor ratings, she responded:  "I’ve seen Simon since. Like, we’re friends again. But, I don’t talk about flagging things to him. He’d have a meltdown."

Nailing every look from Prada to Louis Vuitton, Cheryl spoke candidly about turning 30, explaining: "When I look at the 21 year old me, I do not want to be that person. I was young and naïve. I’m a hell of a lot wiser, a hell of a lot stronger, I’m just happier with me now. It’s weird but I’m not scared of it."

See even more stunning looks from the shoot and find out what Cheryl has to say about love, Girls Aloud and what she's planning next, only in the July issue of InStyle - out Thursday!

July InStyle 2013 Cheryl Cole cover

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