'Violent' Cheryl Cole exposes herself as bitter, foul-mouthed in new book
With fluffed-up hair, Bambi eyes, pale pink lips and a wounded expression, Cheryl Cole doesn't look as if she could hurt a fly, but her new autobiography tells a rather different story.
Within its pages, in her own words, the former Girls Aloud singer tells how she slaps and later punches one boyfriend, punches a lavatory attendant in a nightclub in what she says was an "instinctive" action, the Daily Mail reported.
The book reveals how she punched and kicked her then husband, footballer Ashley Cole, after the first revelations about his infidelity.
When a second scandal breaks over him "sexting" a blonde with intimate photos and lewd suggestions, she said: "Part of me wanted to just chin Ashley right there and then."
Petite Cole, who is 5ft 6ins and known for her prettiness and dimples, comes across as quite the Geordie bruiser in her book.
She even says that she sent Simon Cowell the following text message after being sacked from 'The X Factor USA' last year: "F*** you. F*** Fox. F*** Britain's Got Talent. F*** the orange and purple outfit. F*** big hair. F*** the UK X Factor. F*** you all. I hate you."
Cole, 29, insists that having been raised on a tough council estate, she learned early on she needed to "take care of herself" - physically if needs be - and the message over the book's 304 pages is that it is one life lesson she has hung on to.
"If someone attacked a Tweedy [Cheryl's maiden name] we were taught to defend ourselves," she wrote.
She even remembers her older brothers Joe and Andrew teaching her how to punch sofa cushions in preparation for taking on bullies - telling her: "Come on Cheryl, if you don't hit back you'll get chinned."