There's been plenty of drama recently to inspire Cheryl’s new album.
But rather than wallowing at home writing ballads about heartbreak, she was upbeat and on great form when I caught up with her at Simon Cowell’s summer party on Monday.
Cheryl made a surprise appearance at the bash, a week after The Sun revealed her split from Liam Payne.
She told guests she is doing great, then spoke to me about her new music — revealing that the album has been co-written with former Girls Aloud bandmate and close pal Nicola Roberts.
Cheryl told me: “Nicola and I wrote every track together. It’s been great working with one of my best friends, but I’m really proud of the album and excited for people to hear the new music.
“It’s pretty much finished. At this stage we’re deciding what will be the first single. We’re choosing between about three songs, but that’s quite a nice problem to have. Thankfully I’m not looking at it, saying, ‘Oh God, all this work and we don’t have a hit record’. I think we do.”
Cheryl also hinted Nicola will make a vocal cameo, adding: “I think she may appear somewhere. I can’t wait to get it out there for people to hear.
“It’s going to be a few months. We don’t have a date yet but I’ll tell you more soon.”
One fan is sure to love the record — Cheryl’s year-old son Bear.
She said: “He has heard my music and recognises his mum’s voice, but doesn’t know where it’s coming from. He finds it very confusing.”