Poor Cheryl's racked with nerves as she embarks on a new solo career

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Panicking Cheryl Cole is suffering a crisis of confidence over her upcoming solo career.

The Girls Aloud star is said to be suffering anxiety because of the pressure she’s under to be successful.

The 25-year-old is being tormented by panic attacks and self-doubt about going it alone, even though she has a world-class production team behind her.

According to our well placed source, Cheryl even turned round in a fit of panic and told her management: ‘This could be a disaster. I don’t want to end up a flop like Victoria Beckham.’

She’s given her solo plans four months to succeed, although no one else around her believes she’ll fail.

‘It’s a big deal to Cheryl,’ says an insider. ‘She’s terrified of being made a fool of in front of millions of people.

‘Her management are officially saying that she’s just concentrating on solo plans and The X Factor, but of course they’d love her to crack America in due course.

‘All this is happening when she’s just four weeks away from filming the first auditions for The X Factor. Cheryl has a very fragile ego. Even when things are going right for her, she’s scared it’ll suddenly go very wrong.’

Cheryl has admitted that she had to take antidepressants as a teenager. In the Girls Aloud autobiography Dreams That Glitter, the singer confessed: ‘I’d been clinically depressed and dangerously underweight. I was having terrible panic attacks and suffered from anxiety. I was 5st 11lb at my worst point, like a walking corpse.’

See the full story about Cheryl Cole in new look Now magazine dated 15 June 2009 – out now!