Los Angeles: Single Cheryl Cole says Ashley Cole suffered a nervous breakdown after he separated from her.
Cheryl, 29, has revealed Ashley`s condition in her upcoming autobiography "Cheryl: My Story" and said it was terrifying, reports contactmusic.com.
"`Cheryl, it`s terrifying`, one friend said. And what she described made it sound like Ashley was going through a mental breakdown," Cheryl wrote.
"He`s literally talking nonsense, he`s got a beard and he`s smoking and drinking loads.` Somebody else told me that Ashley had said something like, `I don`t want to be here any more`," she added.
The couple ended their four-year-old marriage in 2010 after Ashley was caught cheating on the singer with multiple women.
Cheryl is currently dating dancer Tre Holloway.