Cheryl Fernandez-Versini makes heartbreaking admission

Poor Cheryl, she’s had a tough time of it in recent years. From her divorce from cheating ex Ashley Cole to her terrifying health scare with malaria, as well as that disastrous stint on the US X Factor, it’s been a difficult time.

Indeed, in a rather heartbreaking admission, the stunning singer has revealed that things could have turned out very differently for her if she hadn’t sought positive channels to help get over her troubles.

In an interview with The Sun, the 31-year-old spoke candidly about how she could have very easily “gone off the rails” if she had turned to drink and drugs like so many others in the industry.

“I’ve been very lucky in my life but it could have been very different. I could easily have been one of those people who go off the rails. Even in my showbiz career,” she said.

She added: “I mean, look at the amount of artists who have been affected by drink and drugs. My life could have gone that way too…I came from a worse area than so many people who need help.”

Her frank words come a day after she announced the launch of her first centre for disadvantaged young people in her native Newcastle.

Good old Cheryl, you're right up our street!