Cheryl Cole wants to inspire underprivileged teenagers
The `Call My Name` singer has opened up about her own tough upbringing in Newcastle, North East England, and says she can relate to today`s youth and wants to show disadvantaged kids that you can follow your dreams and escape your surroundings.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Cheryl said: "I had a tough upbringing and didn`t have many privileges as a child. I classed that as normal because it was all I`d ever known.
"I know what disadvantaged young people go through. I understand it. I get it.
The compassionate Girls Aloud star set up The CherylCole Foundation in 2011, a charity which works in conjunction with The Prince`s Trust to help underprivileged kids in North East England.
Cheryl thinks she is a positive role model for teenagers because she fought the odds to make a success of her singing career, and now wants to encourage young people to stay in school and develop their passions.
The 29-year-old brunette beauty - who shot to fame on TV talent show `Popstars: The Rivals` in 2002 - added: "A lot of young people don`t have focus and they don`t know what they are going to do with their lives. If I hadn`t had a dream, I could have gone off the rails and I could have had a very, very different life.
"I had a horrible time as a teenager and wasn`t very confident. Between the ages of 16 and 18, I was also in a horrible relationship. If I hadn`t had a love for music, I could have gone down a different path and become lost."