Cheryl: My Story By Cheryl Cole
Published Oct 11th 2012 by Harper
Summary: For the first time Cheryl tells her full story, her way. Revealing the truth behind the headlines, this is the only official autobiography, giving the fans the true story they’ve been waiting for. Includes exclusive, personal photos.
The nation’s sweetheart, Cheryl has achieved unrivalled success with Girls Aloud, as a solo artist, a judge on the X Factor, a fashion icon and as the face of L’Oreal. However, the path to fame is rarely easy and for Cheryl it has been a colourful journey.
From happy but humble beginnings growing up on a tough Newcastle estate, Cheryl saw firsthand the damage that drugs and alcohol can do. But this feisty Geordie never gave up on her dreams of being on stage.
With success came a level of fame no one could prepare for. As Cheryl’s career went from strength to strength her personal heartache was played out in the national media. From her divorce to her battles with malaria, Cheryl’s every move was captured by paparazzi. There was nowhere for Cheryl to hide. However, a true fighter, Cheryl emerged from every challenge stronger.
Now it’s Cheryl’s turn to set the record straight. In this heartfelt account, she opens up about all of the incredible ups and downs of her life. Told with searing honesty this is Cheryl as you’ve never seen her before.
Review: I am a huge fan of Girls Aloud, from their humble beginnings to their very last bow so Cheryl’s autobiography was something I’ve been wanting to read. Cheryl wasn’t necessarily my favourite, but I was rather fond of her because she’s honest. And that’s exactly what this book is.
I’ve always known bits and pieces about Cheryl’s life, but there is nothing like hearing it from the horse’s mouth. It’s a whole new perspective, seeing her friendship with the girls of Girls Aloud and the marriage that kept hitting headlines with Ashley Cole or even her appearance at X Factor. I never used to understand why she kept going back to Ashley or why she chose to keep her last name, but now I understand it, having seen it from her point of view and not what the media wants me to see.
I love Cheryl even more now and I’m proud of the obstacles she’s leaped through. Being in the public eye is definitely difficult and I have even more respect for celebrities who are always under constant scrutiny. The book was written pre-Girls Aloud comeback this year (2013, this book was published in 2012) so there are some bits and bobs about that as well.
I’m curious to see how Kimberly’s autobiography will play out, seeing how it’s gotten so much press. It’s been said that Kimberly threw Nadine under the bus for why Girls Aloud split up, so it’ll be interesting to read Kimberly’s side of things.
Anyway, if you’re a fan of Girls Aloud or curious about Cheryl Cole, this would be a good read for you.