Girls Aloud lead tributes to Sarah Harding


Girls Aloud members Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh have paid tribute to their “electric girl” Sarah Harding following her tragic death.

Meanwhile Cheryl posted a tribute for Sarah on her Instagram

Nicola, Nadine, Sarah, Kimberley, Cheryl (Left to right)

Sarah Harding first announced that she had been diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer in August 2020. She “slipped away peacefully” on Sunday 5th September) aged 39, her mother revealed in an Instagram post.

The singer’s former Girls Aloud bandmates were among those who shared heart-wrenching tributes in the hours after her death.

Cheryl posted “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 realize 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 💖💞🙏🏼”

Meanwhile, Nicola Roberts said she was “absolutely devastated”, adding that she was struggling to accept the news.

“My heart is aching and all day everything we went through together has raced around my mind,” Roberts wrote.

“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 personal to put them here and then I remembered that there are so many other people grieving her too.”

She added: “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.”

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Addressing Harding directly, Roberts wrote: “Electric girl, you made us. You gave it everything and still with a smile.

“A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew, it must have been you.”

Nadine Coyle shared her heartbreak on social media shortly after Sarah Harding’s mother confirmed her passing.

“I am absolutely devastated!!” Coyle wrote, alongside a picture of Sarah Harding. “I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!!

“I know so many of you will be feeling this way. For now I’m sending so much love to you!!!”

Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding ‘lived and laughed so hard’

Kimberley Walsh heaped praise on Harding in an Instagram post on Monday morning (6 September), saying her “fire burned so bright”.

“To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear,” Walsh wrote.

“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.”

There was an outpouring of grief across the entertainment industry on Sunday as news of Harding’s death broke.

Louis Walsh, who managed Girls Aloud, said in a statement that Harding was “always fun and the life and soul of the party”.

“Anytime she came to Dublin in the early days we went out to the Pod nightclub and would be the last to leave,” he wrote.

“It’s just so unfair, I was hoping she was getting better. She was fun and loved music, dancing and life. I will remember her with great fondness.”

Countless others shared tributes to the star, including Spice Girls legend Geri Horner and presenter Davina McCall.

Meanwhile, showbiz journalist Mark Boardman commented “I only met her afew times and she was always so happy, full of energy and a lovely determined sole”.

There was widespread shock and sadness when Harding’s mother Marie confirmed the singer’s death on Sunday (5 September).

“It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away,” Marie wrote.

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

“She slipped away peacefully this morning. I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved.

“I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead.”

Girls Aloud star raised awareness about breast cancer in her final months

Sarah Harding skyrocketed to fame in 2002 when she competed on Popstars: The Rivals, which saw her winning a public vote to become a member of the newly-formed Girls Aloud.

The group went on to achieve enormous success, with 21 UK Top 10 singles over the course of their extraordinary career.

After the group split in 2013, Harding made a name for herself as an actor, taking on roles in Run for Your Wife and St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.

She later appeared in a stage musical version of Ghost and went on to win Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.


Prior to her death, Sarah Harding opened up about her heartbreaking cancer diagnosis in her memoir Hear Me Out. In the book, the singer encouraged others to get checked for breast cancer.

She also released the solo track “Wear It Like A Crown” to raise much-needed funds for the foundation treating her cancer.

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