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24/09/2021 13:51 BST

Cheryl Says Her 'Heart Is Heavy' After Sarah Harding's Death As She Pulls Out Of Pride Appearance

“Grief is such a harsh experience and an absolute rollercoaster of emotions," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Cheryl has said she is still trying to process the death of Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding as she announced she was pulling out of a planned performance. 

The star was due to perform for crowds at Birmingham Pride this weekend, which comes less than a month after Sarah died from breast cancer at the age of 39

Cheryl explained that she is not “emotionally, mentally or physically able to perform”, admitting her heart is ’heavy”. 

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Sarah Harding and Cheryl pictured in 2012

In a statement posted on her Instagram Story, the singer wrote: “Saying goodbye to somebody you spent such a massive piece of your life with is like nothing else.

“My heart is heavy. Grief is such a harsh experience and an absolute rollercoaster of emotions. Questions without answers and pain without resolve. So tumultuous and constant.

“With that said I am so sorry but I really am not emotionally, mentally or physically able to perform for you this Saturday at Birmingham Pride.”

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Cheryl posted this statement on Instagram

Cheryl continued: “I apologise wholeheartedly and I can only hope for your understanding (I promise I will make it up to you somehow).

“I feel now I just need some time to sit with my feelings and process the grief…

“Nothing prepares you for this bit,” she added with a broken heart emoji. 

Sarah died on 5 September after being diagnosed with stage four breast cancer last year. 

In the days after her death, Cheryl, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle all paid heartfelt tribute to their late bandmate on social media

At the time, Cheryl described Sarah as “stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft hearted” as she admitted she was “at a loss for words”.