GIRLS ALOUD star Sarah Harding said she was ‘fighting as hard as I possibly can’ as she revealed she has breast cancer, which has spread to other parts of her body.
The singer told fans she was undergoing chemotherapy and posted a photo of herself on Instagram, wearing a hospital gown as she sat next to medical machinery.
Harding, 38, started, ‘There’s no easy way to say this’, adding: ‘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 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.
‘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.’
Harding rose to fame alongside Girls Aloud bandmates Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.
Responding to her news yesterday, Cheryl simply shared a broken heart emoji.
Coyle posted 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!!’
Girls Aloud’s first hit was Sound Of The Underground, and London Underground’s All On The Board writers hailed Harding as ‘a true superstar’.
Steps singer Ian H Watkins posted: ‘Stay strong xx. We’re all behind you.’
Loose Women’s Carol Mc-Giffin, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, said telling others was ‘the hardest thing’. She added: ‘I feel for her. It’s devastating.’
Girls Aloud broke up in 2013 and Harding has been largely out of the public eye since winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.