British singer Cheryl Cole has made her first public appearance since her dramatic exit from the American version of The X Factor, showing off a new blonde hairstyle in time for her 28th birthday.
The Girls Aloud beauty was axed from the panel of Simon Cowell's new U.S. show and replaced with Nicole Scherzinger after she failed to impress American TV bosses and audiences.
She went into hiding following the snub last month (May11) and refused to rejoin the judging panel of Britain's The X Factor, on which she has starred for three years.
But Cole finally re-emerged at the American Embassy in London on Wednesday (29Jun11) - sparking rumours she's set to return to the U.S. for work.
And the stunning star proved she's determined to start afresh in time for her 28th birthday on Thursday (30Jun11) by sporting a sleek honey-coloured bob hairstyle.
According to reports, Cole has been busy organising a lavish London party for pals to celebrate her big day.