Cheryl Cole: I've dined with Prince Charles but I've also sat in a 'crack den'
Cheryl Cole has come a long way since growing up on a Newcastle council estate.
The singer feels like she's experienced both extremes of the class divide on her route to fame and fortune.
'I've dined with Prince Charles, but I've also sat in a crack den, if you like,' says Cheryl, 28.
And Cheryl, who happily describes herself as a 'chav', feels it's her childhood that's made her older than her years.
'People have said that to me since I was 12 years old: "You've got a seriously old soul on your shoulders",' Cheryl tells The Observer Magazine.
'I think maybe I was exposed to a lot when I was young.'