September 19, 2021

Girls Aloud star ‘fought’ cancer ‘incredibly hard for 15 months’ as Cheryl joins tributes

CHERYL Tweedy has broken her silence on Sarah Harding’s devastating death, saying “I love you, farewell”.

Former Girls Aloud star Sarah died aged 39 on Sunday, after battling breast cancer. She was diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

Heartbroken bandmate Cheryl said today: “Although we knew this day would arrive I am somehow still feeling at a loss for words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft-hearted girl has departed.

“As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief & finality I am experiencing, I wanted to extend my condolences to all of our GA fans. We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name.

“I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah through her most vulnerable times.

“She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you most. I also realise so many will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s passing… I am sending you all so much love, I love you Sarah… farewell. Sarah Nicole Harding forever in our hearts.”

And Sarah’s consultant has told Sky News how she bravely battle the disease after “nursing her for a good length of time”.

Dr Sacha Howell said: “It was a very, very sad day – clearly for the family and friends more so – but for myself and the team on the ward who have nursed her a good length of time. We are all extremely sad.

“Pete Waterman’s comment was right, there was an element of fragility to Sarah, but she had a real mettle to her as well. She was a really resilient woman, it is such a sad loss.”

Read our Sarah Harding blog below for the latest updates…

  • TRIBUTES FROM THE CELEB WORLD CONTINUE TO POUR IN

    Former Big Brother host Davina McCall, 53, added: “So so sad to hear about Sarah… a star from the get go , hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile… love to her family and friends.”

    Piers Morgan said: “RIP Sarah Harding, 39. A fabulous pop star & delightful lady. Such incredibly sad news.”

    Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton, 39, wrote: “I am so sorry for your loss, this is heartbreaking 💔 Thinking of you all x.”

    Denise Van Outen, 47, shared a picture of them together, saying: “Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. 💔.”

    Ian ‘H’ Watkins from Steps added: “Fly high beautiful Sarah xx I will miss you xx 💔.”

    TV star Fearne Cotton wrote: “Oh my gosh I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m sending your family so much love and strength.

    “She was always kind and so much fun to be around. I’m very sorry for your loss. Prayers and love to you 🙏🏼.”

  • EXPLAINED: WHO WERE GIRLS ALOUD?

    After Girls Aloud were created in 2002 on ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals, Sarah went on to have a glittering music career with the band.

    The group, who split in 2013, had four No1 singles and 21 UK top ten hits, as well as two No1 albums.

  • CALUM BEST ‘REMEMBERS THE FUN TIMES AND ADVERTURES’ HE HAD WITH SARAH HARDING

    Reality TV star Calum Best has spoken of the “crazy fun times and adventures” he had with Sarah Harding.

    He said on Twitter: “Jesus this one hits home, so damn sad, so young. I hope u rest In peace Sarah we had some crazy fun times and adventures.

    “U will be so very missed. Sending so much love to ur mom.”

    His post was accompanied by three pictures of him with the former Girls Aloud member.

  • KIMBERLEY WALSH REVEALS GIRLS ALOUD REUNION IS ON HOLD

    In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 39-year-old revealed any reunion is on hold saying all of the girls have made their co-star’s health a priority.

    And Kimberley – who is due to give birth to her third child any day now – explained how she, Cheryl, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts have all been getting together to look after their pal.

    It will be 20 years since Girls Aloud burst onto the music scene with their debut hit single, Sound of the Underground.

    But, when asked if there were any plans for a reunion, Kimberley insisted all the girls have made Sarah’s health a priority.

    Read more here.

  • SARAH HARDING’S INCREDIBLE FIRST AUDITION FOR GIRLS ALOUD THAT CHANGED HER LIFE AS STAR DIES AGED 39

    The star, whose death aged just 39 was announced by her devastated mum today, appeared as a young wannabe on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    Sarah impressed the judging panel performing the Steps song Last Thing on My Mind without so much as a microphone.

    Pete Waterman, who was a judge alongside Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh, instantly put her through to the next round saying: “You’re going to London.”

    The band, which was assembled by the team of experts, eventually saw Sarah joined by Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

    Read the article in full here.

  • EXPLAINED: DID SARAH HARDING HAVE CHILDREN?

    Sarah didn’t have any children but always wanted them.

    On finding out advanced breast cancer, opened up in her heartbreaking book Hear Me Out.

    Sarah said among the “sad thoughts” she’d been having was “the idea that I’ll never have children”.

    She wrote: “That one came to me the other day when I was talking to Cheryl on the phone.

    “I was saying how we never thought Nadine [Coyle] would be the first one of us to have a child, and that now three of them have kids.

    “It might seem odd to worry about not having children when I don’t even know how much of a life I have left, but it’s there.

    “The truth is, even if my prognosis was better, it still wouldn’t be on the cards because of all the chemotherapy I’ve had.

    “That treatment, harsh as it is, will have killed any chance I might have had. It’s making me cry just thinking about it.”

    Read the article in full here.

  • SARAH ONCE SAID CHRISTMAS 2020 WOULD BE HER LAST

    Sarah also wrote about being told how the Christmas just past would be her last and explained she had asked doctors not to give her a time.

    She explained: “I don’t want an exact prognosis. I don’t know why anyone would want that. Comfort and being as pain-free as possible is what’s important to me now.

    “Silly little things make me happy: my lie-ins, watching Family Guy on TV through the night when I can’t sleep, roasting a chicken for Mum and me on a Sunday, if I’m feeling up to it.”

  • DEVASTATED SARAH HARDING FANS RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER PATIENTS IN HER MEMORY AFTER HER TRAGIC DEATH AGED 39

    Sarah Harding’s devastated fans have set up a fundraising page in her memory to support the cancer treatment centre that cared for the singer before her death.

    Natasha Young, one of the people behind the page, wrote: “Lets try and raise as much money as we can for The Christie who cared for Sarah in her time of need.”

    She said the fundraiser has the backing of Sarah’s management who called it a “lovely idea”.

    So far it has raised £730.

    Pop star Sarah died aged 39 barely 12 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

    The Girls Aloud star was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

    Read more here.

  • CHERYL TELLS SARAH HARDING ‘I LOVE YOU… FAREWELL’ IN HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE AS GIRLS ALOUD MOURN LATE CO-STAR

    The Girls Aloud star, 39, died yesterday after she was shockingly diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in August 2020.

    Heartbroken Cheryl said: “Although we knew this day would arrive I am somehow still feeling at a loss for words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft-hearted girl has departed.

    “As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief & finality I am experiencing, I wanted to extend my condolences to all of our GA fans. We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name.

    “I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah through her most vulnerable times.

    “She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you most. I also realise so many will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s passing… I am sending you all so much love, I love you Sarah… farewell.

    “Sarah Nicole Harding forever in our hearts.”

    Cheryl pictured with her late friend Sarah Harding Credit: Splash
    Cheryl pictured with her late friend Sarah Harding Credit: Splash
  • MORE ON SARAH’S TRAGIC DEATH:

    • Sarah gushed about being ‘so happy’ in her final Instagram post
    • Tributes have poured in from celeb pals led by her famous ex
    • Inside Sarah’s fun-loving life from Girls Aloud glory to reality fame
    • Sarah passed away with her family by her side
  • EXPLAINED: WHO IS SARAH HARDING?

    Harding, born in Ascot in Berkshire, rose to fame in 2002 as a contestant on Popstars: The Rivals.

    Girls Aloud was created on the show and the group went on to score the Christmas number one that year with their debut single Sound Of The Underground.

    The band went on to release five studio albums, two of which topped the Official Charts Company rankings.

    In addition to her pop success, Harding enjoyed a varied career in acting and television.

    Some of her early credits include roles in the St Trinian’s films and BBC drama Freefall, opposite Dominic Cooper.

    She also made a guest appearance in Coronation Street as Joni in 2015 and was subsequently invited back to feature in more episodes of the ITV soap.

  • DAVINA MCCALL’S TRIBUTE TO ‘HUGELY FUN’ SARAH HARDING

    Former Big Brother host Davina McCall wrote in a tribute to Sarah Harding: “So so sad to hear about Sarah … a star from the get go, hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile … love to her family and friends.”

    Sarah won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 and became friends with her following the show.

  • SARAH HARDING’S INCREDIBLE FIRST AUDITION FOR GIRLS ALOUD THAT CHANGED HER LIFE

    The star, whose death aged just 39 was announced by her devastated mum today, appeared as a young wannabe on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    Sarah impressed the judging panel performing the Steps song Last Thing on My Mind without so much as a microphone.

    Pete Waterman, who was a judge alongside Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh, instantly put her through to the next round saying: “You’re going to London.”

    The band, which was assembled by the team of experts, eventually saw Sarah joined by Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

    Read the article in full here.

  • DENISE VAN OUTEN LEAVES MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE ON INSTAGRAM POST FROM SARAH HARDING’S MOTHER

    Denise Van Outen commented on the Instagram post from Sarah Harding’s mother, Marie, announcing her death.

    Van Outen wrote: “This is so heartbreaking. Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. Thinking of you all. Family and friends”

  • SPANDAU BALLET STAR MARTIN KEMP PAYS TRIBUTE TO SARAH

    Former Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp has tweeted his condolences to Sarah Harding’s family and friends.

    “Sarah Harding so sad, my heart goes out to all your friends and family and all your fans,” he tweeted.

    “Rest in peace!”

  • CHERYL PAYS TRIBUTE (CONTINUED…)

    “As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief & finality I am experiencing, I wanted to extend my condolences to all of our GA fans.

    “We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name.

    “I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah through her most vulnerable times.

    “She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you most.

    “I also realise so many will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s passing… I am sending you all so much love. I love you Sarah… farewell.

    “Sarah Nicole Harding forever in our hearts.”

  • CHERYL PAYS TRIBUTE TO ‘CRAZY, QUIRKY, KIND’ BANDMATE SARAH HARDING

    Cheryl has paid tribute to her Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding after her death at the age of 39, describing her as “stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft hearted”.

    The singer revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.

    On Sunday, her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram, saying her “beautiful” daughter was “a bright shining star”.

    Cheryl, then Cheryl Tweedy, was part of Girls Aloud with Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts from their formation on TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    Sharing a black-and-white portrait of Harding on Instagram, she wrote: “Although we knew this day would arrive I am somehow still feeling at a loss for words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft-hearted girl has departed.

  • KIMBERLEY WALSH ‘HEARTBROKEN’ BY DEATH OF GIRLS ALOUD BANDMATE SARAH HARDING

    Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh has remembered bandmate Sarah Harding as someone who “loved, lived and laughed so hard”, after her death at the age of 39.

    The singer revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body. On Sunday, her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram, saying her “beautiful” daughter was “a bright shining star”.

    Walsh, who joined Harding, Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts in girl band Girls Aloud on TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, shared a gallery of photos of the pair together.

    She wrote: “Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear. Hearing your infectious chuckle was one of my favourite things in the world.

    “Your fire burned so bright and you loved, lived and laughed so hard. Sending love and strength to everyone who is grieving today. My heart is broken.”

  • BREAKING: CHERYL POSTS IN TRIBUTE OF SARAH HARDING

    CHERYL Tweedy has broken her silence on Sarah Harding’s devastating death, saying “I love you, farewell”.

    The Girls Aloud star, 39, died yesterday following her shock death sentence after being diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.

    Heartbroken Cheryl said today: “Although we knew this day would arrive I am somehow still feeling at a loss for words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft hearted girl has departed.

    “As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief & finality I am experiencing, I wanted to extend my condolences to all of our GA fans. We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name.

    “I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah through her most vulnerable times.

    “She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you most 🙏🏼 I also realise so many will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s passing… I am sending you all so much love 💔 I love you Sarah… farewell 🕊

    “Sarah Nicole Harding forever in our hearts.”

     

  • NICOLA ROBERTS AND NADINE COYLE ‘DEVASTATED’ FOLLOWING DEATH OF SARAH HARDING

    Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle have said they are “absolutely devastated” by the death of their Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding at the age of 39.

    The singer revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.

    Her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram and described her “beautiful” daughter as “a bright shining star”.

    Roberts shared a series of photos of them together during Girls Aloud’s early years and wrote: “I’m absolutely devastated and I can’t accept that this day has come. My heart is aching and all day everything we went through together has raced round my mind.

    “Especially this last year since her diagnosis, as hard as the year has been, our new memories are strong in my heart.

    “There are so many things to say and at first it felt to personal to put them here and then I remembered that there are so many other people grieving her too.

    “A part of me or us isn’t here anymore and it’s unthinkable and painful and utterly cruel. She would have loved your messages today.”

  • SARAH HARDING GUSHED SHE WAS ‘SO SO HAPPY’ AFTER MAKING NUMBER 1 ON ITUNES IN TRAGIC LAST INSTAGRAM POST

    In her final Instagram post in March, the Girls Aloud star thanked her fans, saying she was overwhelmed by their support.

    Sharing the cover image, Sarah wrote: “OMG. I can’t believe it. Number one on iTunes. 

    “I’m a bit overwhelmed, but so so happy. Thank you thank you.”

    Tributes today poured in for the singer, whose mum revealed had “slipped away” after fighting the terrible disease.

  • SARAH HARDING’S EX CALLUM BEST PAYS TRIBUTE

    Sarah’s ex, reality star Calum Best, 40, who she dated in 2005, wrote that he was “so blessed” to have known her.

    Sharing a picture of them together he wrote: “Jesus this one hits home, this is so sad, so young, so much life, so much talent.

    “Sarah I’m so sorry ur gone , I will always remember the good times, I remember when we met around 22/23 at a event for glamour, spent all night flirting.

    “We then spent a few years together and I remember u where a shoulder for me when my dad passed and I valued u so much for that ! So blessed we where able to continue on a 16 year friendship.”

    He concluded: “Rest in peace gorgeous and sending so much love to ur mom.”

  • CONTINUED…

    Sarah was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

    Nadine Coyle was the first of her Girls Aloud co-stars to pay tribute, writing on Instagram last night: “I am absolutely devastated!!

    “I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!!

  • SUSANNA REID’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO SARAH HARDING ON GMB AFTER GIRLS ALOUD STAR’S TRAGIC DEATH

    SUSANNA Reid and Dr Hilary Jones have paid touching tributes to brave Sarah Harding after the Girls Aloud star’s tragic death yesterday.

    The Good Morning Britain presenters urged Brits who have noticed changes in their bodies to go and see a doctor during an emotional chat about the “wonderful” star.

    Dr Hilary said Sarah’s diagnosis was “rare” – with just five per cent of breast cancer diagnosed in under 40s.

    “The majority of women who develop it are in their 60s, 70s and beyond, so this is an unusual case,” he said.

    “The NHS prioritises cancer treatment, despite the pandemic, which did affect normal services at the beginning particularly. Now cancer is being prioritised. We want to see people who have any suspicious symptoms at all.”

  • GIRLS ALOUD STAR KIMBERLEY WALSH PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER FORMER BANDMATE SARAH

    Posting a picture of them together she wrote: “Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear.

    “Hearing your infectious chuckle was one of my favourite things in the world. Your fire burned so bright and you loved, lived and laughed so hard.

    “Sending love and strength to everyone who is grieving today. My heart is broken.”

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