Cheryl has a long-standing fear of drowning.
The 33-year-old singer has explored her family history in the TV show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and after discovering that her four times great grandfather was a seaman, Cheryl admitted she is afraid of the ocean.
She shared: "It’s interesting, because I hate the sea.
"I’ve always been afraid of it. I used to have really bad dreams when I was little about drowning in the sea, being an old woman with a headscarf on and I was the old woman. Isn’t that weird?"
Despite this, Cheryl said she was "proud" to learn that the seaman had been promoted to the level of a Master, meaning he could captain the ship.
As a result, he was able to take himself and his family out of the working-class area of North Shields into a nicer part of the region in England.
She said on the BBC programme: "I feel really, really proud of him making a better life for his wife and children. I feel like, in a way, that’s kind of what happened to me. Hard work pays off."
Cheryl also admitted to being largely oblivious about her family history on her mum Joan’s side.
The singer – who is rumoured to be pregnant with boyfriend Liam Payne’s baby – said: "My mother is very much a friend. I can confide in her about anything.
"But it just feels a bit more mysterious on her side of the family. I never heard stories, I never heard tales.
"I find it like pretty amazing that my Mam’s grandfather has been completely forgotten, considering he fought in the First World War. You would think there would be tales and stuff like that passed down but nobody seems to know anything."