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27/08/2020 07:46 BST | Updated 27/08/2020 08:32 BST

Sarah Harding’s Girls Aloud Bandmates Rally Around Singer Following Cancer Diagnosis: ‘We Are With You Every Step Of The Way’

Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts have all lent their support to the star.

Sarah Harding’s former Girls Aloud bandmates have rallied around the singer after she revealed she had been diagnosed with cancer.

On Wednesday, the 38-year-old star announced she had breast cancer, which has since spread to other parts of her body.

Sarah confirmed she is having weekly chemotherapy sessions and told fans: “I am fighting as hard as I possibly can.”

Following the news, her devastated former bandmates Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh led the messages of support.

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Girls Aloud on stage in 2012 (L-R) Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl and Nicola Roberts.

Cheryl shared a broken heart emoji in response to the news while Kimberley said: “My heart is broken. You are so strong and brave and we are with you every step of the way.”

Nadine wrote on Instagram: “I love you!!! You have always been able to achieve miracles when needed!! I am here for all the way & always will be!!.”

And Nicola tweeted: “It goes without saying that this is blindsiding. @SarahNHarding you’re so loved and supported.”

Girls Aloud were formed on ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 and went on to become one of the most successful British girl groups of all time.

Announcing her diagnosis, Sarah shared a photo of herself in her hospital gown next to machines on Instagram.

She captioned it: “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.”

She added: “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.

“Sending you all so much love….xx”

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Sarah Harding

Other stars sent messages of support following Sarah’s announcement.

Steps singer Ian H Watkins also commented on her Instagram post, writing: “Sending HUGE” followed by three red-hearted emojis.

He added: “Stay strong xx We’re all behind you xx.”

Loose Women panellist Carol McGiffin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, voiced her support for Sarah on the ITV show.

The 60-year-old presenter, who underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy during her own treatment, said telling others was “the hardest thing”.

She added: “It’s hard enough getting the diagnosis and you are getting used to that, but then when you have to tell other people, it’s difficult.

“I only told my family and really close friends but with every one of them I had to make a real proper effort to think it through and make a time and place to do it.

“For her to have to do that and put it on social media and tell the world straight away, I feel for her. It’s devastating, especially as she has been given the terrible news that it has actually spread as well.”

Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, said on Loose Women: “My heart goes out to Sarah Harding. It is really difficult to tell people.

“I remember telling my fellow cast members. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. Also having to tell my children, that was really, really hard.”

The 57-year-old was diagnosed at the same time as her character on the ITV soap, Sally Webster, also discovered she had the disease.

She added: “The hardest thing for me was that life was imitating art.”

Girls Aloud went on hiatus on 2009 before splitting in 2013.

Sarah has been largely out of the public eye for the last few years, after winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, narrowly beating singer Amelia Lily, with Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson coming in third.

In 2016 she made her stage debut in Ghost – The Musical, a retelling of the hit 1990 film Ghost, which starred Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze.

It followed a turn on the Channel 4 reality show The Jump, on which she suffered a knee injury and was forced to pull out.