Cheryl Cole says she was terrified by the war zone training she was put through before her trip to Afghanistan.

The 28-year-old singer went out on a morale-boosting trip to visit British troops, but told the Daily Mirror she was prepared for the worst – including having a gun held to her head.

Cheryl revealed: “Before I went out I was given war training which was pretty full-on and quite scary.

“They warn you about coping with all kinds of scary scenarios – things like having a gun put to your head.

“I was warned before I went out there that it could be dangerous. But nothing was going to stop me from going. And I’m just so glad I did.”

She added: “Afghanistan was an unbelievable experience. The whole trip was incredible. The men and women I met out there were inspirational, and so amazingly brave and dedicated.

“I’ve stayed in touch with some of the troops through Twitter and they’ve been sending nice messages. It was a privilege to see what goes on out there.”

Cheryl also revealed she had exchanged numbers with one soldier and was planning to call him.

She said: “Not only are the soldiers incredibly brave, a few were also incredibly cute. I came back with a phone number. He started chatting to me – I think it was for a dare – after I’d been ‘shot’ during a training exercise. It wasn’t real ammunition but it was still terrifying.

“I think I’ll call him this week and we’ll see what happens. I’m sure he’s not expecting me to ring but that’s why it’ll be funny – and that’s why I’m going to do it.”

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