Parachute singer Cheryl Cole is glad her 20s are behind her, as she now feels she can stop partying and settle down.

While the former Girls Aloud star admits that her 20s were "amazing" she now feels able to spend more time chilling out.

Speaking to HELLO! magazine, Cole said: "[Turning 30] always felt like a sigh of relief. I'm glad to put my 20s behind me. They were amazing - don't get me wrong - and I've crammed so much in, but I'm like, 'Relax.'

"I'm a woman. I can just breathe now and not worry about life any more. The good, the bad and the ugly ... it's all character-building and makes the woman you are."

On recently turning 30, Cheryl said: "I feel my mentality has changed. I feel calmer and more centred; I feel settled. I'm a grown-up woman now - it's official.

"I feel much better than I did in my 20s. I look back at 21-year-old me and I definitely don't want to be her again."