Who is Sarah Harding and what has the Girls Aloud star said about her cancer diagnosis?

SARAH Harding, known to many as one fifth of chart-topping girl band Girls Aloud has revealed she is currently battling breast cancer.

The singer took to Twitter to make the heartbreaking announcement, and fans and friends have offered their support.

Who is Sarah Harding?

Sarah Harding is 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.

In 2011 Sarah went to rehab for depression, alcohol addiction and prescription drug abuse.

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.

She made headlines after cheating on her boyfriend with Chad Johnson in week two of Celebrity Big Brother 2017.

How old is she?

Sarah is 38 years and was born on November 17, 1981 in Ascot, Berkshire.

Sarah studied hair and beauty at Stockport college.

Harding entered FHM's High Street Honeys in 2002, a national beauty contest run by the magazine.

What has she said about her breast cancer diagnosis?

On August 26 2020, the star made the heartbreaking revelation on Twitter that the cancer has advanced to other parts of her body.

She posted a photo of herself from her hospital bed and said she is "fighting as hard as I possibly can" as she shared the shocking news.

She tweeted: "Hi everyone,I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these uncertain times.

"I’ve not posted on here for so long, thank you to everyone who has reached out to check in on me, it really does mean a lot.

"I feel now is the right time to share what’s been going on.

"There’s no easy way to say this and actually it doesn’t even feel real writing this, but here goes.

"Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body.

"I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can.

"I understand this might be shocking to read on social media and that really isn’t my intention.

"But last week it was mentioned online that I had been seen in hospital, so I feel now is the time to let people know what’s going on and this is the best way I can think of to do so.

"My amazing mum, family and close friends are helping me through this, and I want to say a thank you to the wonderful NHS doctors and nurses who have been and continue to be heroes.

"I am doing my very best to keep positive and will keep you updated here with how I’m getting on. In the meantime I hope you’ll all understand and respect my request for privacy during this difficult time."

What have the other members of Girls Aloud said?

Sarah's Girls Aloud bandmates expressed their love and support online.

Nadine, 35, wrote: "I love you!!!! You have always been able to achieve miracles when needed!! I am here for the all the way & always will be!!!"

Cheryl, 37, shared a broken heart emoji in response to Sarah's heartbreaking revelation.

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