The 27-year-old beauty - who was dropped from the US version of `The X Factor` and replaced by Nicole Scherzinger last month - intends to take time out from showbiz and is enjoying the lack of pressure in her life to keep working.
Speaking through a friend, Cheryl told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "I`m under no pressure and I actually feel the happiest I`ve felt in a long, long time. I`ve got a big place, I have enough money - and if I never get photographed again, I don`t care.
"I`ve always had people saying, `We need to put an album out, we need to record it now` and, `We have to rehearse for this tour and that tour` and, `Now we need to do auditions for `X Factor`.`
"I need to take a good few months off now - something I`ve never done before."
Cheryl - who in the last 18 months has dealt with the breakdown of her marriage to soccer star Ashley Cole and suffered with the potentially deadly infection malaria - is "not interested" in continuing a life of trying to "squeeze into tight dresses and fake tan".
A source added: "She`s had enough of all the hustle, bustle, backbiting and bitching that goes with keeping up a career in showbiz - especially in America.
"She`s learned in the most severe way how cruel and demoralising the industry can be. Her whole life has been spent squeezing into tiny dresses and fake tan but she`s just not interested any more. All she ever wanted was to be a singer."