Cheryl Cole has revealed how her passion for music stopped her from going off the rails.
The singer found it tough growing up on a Newcastle housing estate, and she has admitted that she was tempted to go down a dark path.
Speaking to Now magazine she said: “There were a few near misses. When you live in an underprivileged environment like some of the kids I’ve met, you do make the wrong decision and hang out with the wrong people.”
Cheryl’s childhood friend John Courtney died of a heroin overdose in 2008, and the singer is glad that she made the decision to audition for Popstars: The Rivals when she was 19, as it landed her a place in Girls Aloud and completely changed her life.
“I had a horrible time as a teenager,” she explained. “I was in a horrible relationship and I lost focus of my dream for a minute [to become a pop star] and I could have gone off the rails.
“If I hadn’t had my passion for music, I could have gone down that road and been in trouble.”
Girls Aloud are set to reunite later this year for a comeback tour to mark their 10th anniversary.
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