Cheryl Cole has revealed that Girls Aloud's lenghty hiatus of three years was partly because of fellow band member Nadine Coyle.
The 'Call My Name' singer opened up on the group's break in her autobiography, Cheryl Cole: My Story, admitting that once Nadine started to focus more on herself and less on the band they all knew it was time to take a break.
"I think we all expected her to come up with some sort of excuse, but she just admitted 'It's not really my thing'," Cheryl revealed.
"I can remember a sort of stunned silence, like we'd all been slapped in the face," Cheryl continued, before adding: "But I was so cut up about my marriage this didn't really make the impact it probably should have."
Since the girl group's hiatus in 2009, the 27-year-old Geordie has carved out a relatively impressive solo career and is currently embarking on her first solo tour.
The 'Under The Sun' singer futher adds in her tell-all book that Nadine was so eager to launch her solo career she started to bring her own manager on tour with the rest of the girls.
"It was no secret Nadine was trying to launch a solo career in America," Cheryl explained. "I felt we were lucky she was prepared to split herself in two. This was different though."
"Having her manager actually on tour with us was crossing the line, and that's when I knew that it was finally time for us to take a break."
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