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12 July 2012, 12:10
The '3 Words' star paid a visit to her Prince's Trust charity this week and admits she could have easily "gone off the rails".
Cheryl Cole has confessed that had it not been for her love of music, she could have headed on a completely different journey in life.
The 'Fight For This Love' singer was told the Daily Mirror that her "dream" of being a successful musician helped put her on the right track.
"A lot of young people don't have focus and they don't know what they are going to do with their lives," she admitted. "If I hadn't had a dream, I could have gone off the rails and I could have had a very, very different life."
She continued: "If I hadn’t had a love for music, I could have gone down a different path and become lost."
The Girls Aloud star visited the North East this week to visit those who have benefited from her Prince's Trust charity and helped inspire some of the students with tales of her childhood.
"I had a horrible time as a teenager and wasn't very confident," she revealed. Between the ages of 16 and 18, I was also in a horrible relationship.
You can view a picture of Cheryl with some of the Prince's Trust charity members below: (Picture: Prince's Trust)
"I get a lot of letters from fans saying that I’ve inspired them to go for their dreams because of my background."
One of the youngsters she spoke to was 15-year-old Nicola Wilson who recalled how well-received the 'Call My Name' singer's presence was.
"Cheryl really listened to my story – she felt like a big sister," she confessed.
Meanwhile, the singer recently recalled one of her first meetings with Prince Charles in which she addressed the Royal incorrectly.
She has also revealed that Kate Middleton is a big fan of her music.