Cheryl Cole has revealed it was Will.i.am who inspired her to have a go at being a solo musician.
The singer, 29, told MSN in an interview about her new autobiography Cheryl: My Story, that she had not thought of branching out beyond girlband Girls Aloud until The Voice coach and music producer encouraged her.
Cheryl said: " I hadn't really considered it until Will planted the seed.
“He could see in me what I hadn't seen yet. And I've learned a lot from him, he's a very, very wise character.”
The singer and former X Factor judge - who filed for divorce from footballer Ashley Cole in 2010 after four years of marriage - confessed she was torn when it came to publishing an autobiography, but she had had "enough" of the rumours about her.
Cheryl said: "It was a tough decision. It was a battle with myself, with how I normally am because I am a very private person.
"Enough was enough and it was time for me to put out my side of the story, and the truth. It just felt like the right thing to do."