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

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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…

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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!”

  • 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”

  • 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.

  • 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’S MOTHER MARIE PAYS TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO HER DAUGHTER ON INSTAGRAM

    On Instagram, her mother Marie wrote: “It is with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away.

    “Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day.”

    Harding announced the shock news of her breast cancer diagnosis in August 2020, saying the disease had spread to other parts of her body.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙏🏼.”

  • 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.

  • BRAVE SARAH PREVIOUSLY REVEALED HOW SHE CONTRACTED SEPSIS

    Prior to starting chemo, Sarah contracted sepsis after a port was fitted into her chest, leaving her in intensive care.

    She added: “With both my lungs and kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into an induced coma.

    “Even once I was off the ventilator I couldn’t speak properly. All I could do was make noises a chimpanzee trying to communicate.”

  • FEARNE COTTON PAYS TRIBUTE TO ‘KIND’ SARAH HARDING

    Fearne Cotton was among those paying tribute on the Instagram post from Sarah Harding’s mother announcing her death aged 39.

    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.”

  • PICTURED: SARAH HARDING WINS CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER

    Sarah Harding has tragically passed away following a battle with breast cancer.

    The former Girl Aloud star won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.

    Here is the pop favourite leaving the house as the winner of the show to rapturous applause.

  • WHAT DID SARAH HARDING SAY ABOUT HER TREATMENT?

    Sarah said she was rushed to intensive care before her chemotherapy treatment had even begun after a port fitted into her chest led to sepsis.

    “With both my lungs and kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into an induced coma,” wrote Sarah. “Even once I was off the ventilator I couldn’t speak properly. All I could do was make noises like a chimpanzee trying to communicate.”

    After coming out of a coma, Sarah went on to start chemo and had a mastectomy.

    Before the operation, she recalled how surgeons made a drawing of the parts of her breast that would need to be removed and she was horrified to see it was ‘virtually all of it.’

    The singer said she ‘screamed the place down’ when she came round from the op and was relieved to have her mum by her side.

    “Now there’s just a bunch of stitches where my breast used to be. I can’t look at myself in the mirror anymore. I don’t recognise myself,’” she admitted.

  • WHO WAS SARAH HARDING?

    Sarah Harding was a singer and actor who found fame in legendary pop band Girls Aloud.

    She sang alongside Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, but the group split in 2013, just a year after they reunited for their ten year anniversary.

    She has also had roles in St Trinian’s in 2007 and BBC television film Freefall.

    She also appeared briefly in Coronation Street in 2015 for a few episodes playing Joni – the wife of returning character Robert Preston.

    Sarah has made guest appearances on TV shows such as Tumble, Celebrity MasterChef, Dating in the Dark and Celebrity Juice.

    Away from the screens, she has also modelled including for Ultimo lingerie.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • SARAH HARDING HAD HER OWN MTV REALITY SHOW IN 2009

    In December 2009, Harding appeared on MTV’s Sarah Harding in 24 Hours.

    To promote this, she also made a guest appearance on BBC Radio 1 with Chris Moyles.

    Harding and her then-boyfriend, DJ Tom Crayne, also launched a new nightclub named Kanaloa.

    Harding has recently finished filming Run for Your Wife in which she plays one of the wives of the lead character, John Smith. The film was released on 14 February 2013.





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