A childhood friend of Cheryl Cole has claimed that the singer is still the same person she was before she found fame as a singer in Girls Aloud.
Paul Burton told Heat that, appearances aside, Cole has not changed from the time they spent together when both were signed to same management company in Newcastle.
Burton said: “She was such a lovely person – she hasn’t changed a bit since then. She still has the accent.
“I adored her when I was younger and I still do. People who are jealous of her… it really riles me. She’s the same as the person she always was.
“You always knew she’d get somewhere big. She’s always been really good. Cheryl set out to achieve her dreams and worked hard. She deserves all the success.”
Of Cole’s changing appearance since her teenage years, he added: “She wasn’t girly at all. Her style’s changed a lot. She had lovely long hair, but would never perform in dresses.”