Pop star Cheryl Cole doesn't think she's any different to how she was growing up

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Cheryl Cole has revealed that news of her deprived upbringing often surprises people she meets in the US.

The pop star has come a long way since her childhood, which was spent in a poor area of Newcastle – but she doesn’t think she’s changed.

‘I still feel like that little girl,’ Cheryl, 28, tells Stylist.

‘That’s the weirdest thing for me especially when I’m out in America and people are like: “So what’s your background, where you from?”

‘When I tell them, they find it difficult to believe that I’m from a council estate.

They’re like, “No way!”

‘In my mind I’m still that person. But to them I’m a pop star, it really is the strangest feeling.’

Cheryl may now be worth millions and spend a lot of her time in up-market LA, but she’ll never forget her roots.

‘I’m proud I grew up on a council estate and made good of myself,’ Cheryl‘s previously said.

‘I get letters from young girls who say they are inspired by me.

‘I’m glad I’m encouraging them.’

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