Sarah Harding death latest: Girls Aloud star Kimberely Walsh shares heartbreaking message as Chad Johnson pays tribute

CHERYL Tweedy has broken her silence on Sarah Harding's devastating death, saying "I love you, farewell".

Former Girls Aloud star Sarah died aged 39 on Sunday, after battling breast cancer. She was diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

Heartbroken bandmate Cheryl said today: "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 realise 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."

And Sarah's consultant has told Sky News how she bravely battle the disease after "nursing her for a good length of time".

Dr Sacha Howell said: "It was a very, very sad day – clearly for the family and friends more so – but for myself and the team on the ward who have nursed her a good length of time. We are all extremely sad.

"Pete Waterman's comment was right, there was an element of fragility to Sarah, but she had a real mettle to her as well. She was a really resilient woman, it is such a sad loss."

Read our Sarah Harding blog below for the latest updates…

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    WHO IS AMY WALSH’S SISTER KIMBERLEY WALSH?

    Kimberley, 39, was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

    She has three siblings, Sally, Adam and Amy – her sisters are both soap stars who have appeared in Emmerdale.

    The singer shot to fame when she appeared on ITV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    She became part of the winning band with Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts, given the title Girls Aloud.

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    SARAH HARDING’S GIRLS ALOUD BANDMATE KIMBERLEY WALSH SHARES HEARTBREAKING MESSAGE TO FANS AFTER STAR’S DEATH

    The singer revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.

    On Sunday, her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram, saying her "beautiful" daughter was "a bright shining star".

    Kimberley, who joined Harding, Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts in girl band Girls Aloud on TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, posted a thank you to the group's fans last night.

    She said: "Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all your kind messages and all your lovely tributes to Sarah. She would have loved them.

    "To all our fans… you meant the world to Sarah and she never took a single one of you for granted."

    The mum-of-three remembered bandmate Sarah as someone who "loved, lived and laughed so hard".

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    SARAH HARDING ‘DIDN’T CARE ABOUT BEING RICH OR FAMOUS AND WAS HAPPIEST COOKING AT HOME'

    Chad, who dated Sarah after meeting on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, described her as being happiest when behind closed doors.

    During her 11 years in Girls Aloud, Sarah became known as the party animal, and fans nicknamed her “Hardcore Harding”.

    In her bestselling autobiography, Hear Me Out, she recalled a ­number of wild adventures.

    But speaking exclusively to The Sun, 34-year-old American Chad said: “Sarah was a homebody, she liked to be at home and just be herself.

    “She had a house in the middle of nowhere. When we were together in the UK we were there and when she came to the US, we just stayed at home.

    “We never took pictures or put anything on social media, we  liked to be private.

    “At home in her own little world was where she was happiest.

    “Sarah didn’t care about fame or money. She put out into the world who she was, she didn’t act like a big star. She was just a fun, loud girl.”

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    WHO IS SARAH HARDING'S EX-BOYFRIEND CHAD JOHNSON?

    Born Brian Chad Johnson on August 11, 1987, he is an American reality star.

    He has been a contestant on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.

    Chad has also starred on Famously Single, Celebrity Big Brother and MTV's Ex on the Beach.

    As of 2021 Chad lives in Las Vegas and works in Tech.

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    CALUM BEST ‘REMEMBERS THE FUN TIMES AND ADVERTURES’ HE HAD WITH SARAH HARDING

    Reality TV star Calum Best has spoken of the “crazy fun times and adventures” he had with Sarah Harding.

    He said on Twitter: “Jesus this one hits home, so damn sad, so young. I hope u rest In peace Sarah we had some crazy fun times and adventures.

    “U will be so very missed. Sending so much love to ur mom.”

    His post was accompanied by three pictures of him with the former Girls Aloud member.

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    DAVINA MCCALL’S TRIBUTE TO ‘HUGELY FUN’ SARAH HARDING

    Former Big Brother host Davina McCall wrote in a tribute to Sarah Harding: “So so sad to hear about Sarah … a star from the get go, hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile … love to her family and friends.”

    Sarah won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 and became friends with her following the show.

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    SARAH HARDING, 39, ‘WANTED TO BE A MUM’ BEFORE HER TRAGIC DEATH

    Chad, who met Sarah on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, believes she would have been an amazing mum — and told of his sorrow that she never got to fulfil her wish.

    In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 34-year-old American said: “Sarah wanted to be a mum but she never got to do that. That feels very sad for me. I always thought Sarah would have been an amazing mum.

    “She had such a motherly vibe, she was very caring towards the people she loved. And she loved children.

    “She would have been obsessed with her kids in the best way. It was just in her nature.”

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    SARAH HARDING ‘MISSED GIRLS ALOUD BANDMATES WHO WERE LIKE HER SISTERS’ REVEALS EX CHAD JOHNSON

    Chad, who dated Sarah after meeting on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, revealed she was so proud of everything she achieved with her Girls Aloud bandmates Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle.

    In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 34-year-old American revealed that she would spend hours watching back their videos with him and even her auditions from Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 — where the band was  formed.

    They  went on to notch four UK No 1 singles and 21 top ten songs before they split in 2013.

    Chad recalls: “Sarah loved to talk about her Girls Aloud girls.

    “She made it clear they were very close friends, which wasn’t surprising given how many years they had been together.

    “I think Sarah really missed the girls. They were like her sisters.

    “They were family.

    “There had been squabbles between a few of them and Sarah would talk about it.

    “But I could read through it. I said to her, ‘You just miss them.’ Yes to her it sounded like some of the girls were saying things about the others but I knew that she just missed them.”

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    SPANDAU BALLET STAR MARTIN KEMP PAYS TRIBUTE TO SARAH

    Former Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp has tweeted his condolences to Sarah Harding’s family and friends.

    “Sarah Harding so sad, my heart goes out to all your friends and family and all your fans,” he tweeted.

    “Rest in peace!”

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    SARAH HARDING’S INCREDIBLE FIRST AUDITION FOR GIRLS ALOUD THAT CHANGED HER LIFE AS STAR DIES AGED 39

    The star, whose death aged just 39 was announced by her devastated mum today, appeared as a young wannabe on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    Sarah impressed the judging panel performing the Steps song Last Thing on My Mind without so much as a microphone.

    Pete Waterman, who was a judge alongside Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh, instantly put her through to the next round saying: “You’re going to London.”

    The band, which was assembled by the team of experts, eventually saw Sarah joined by Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

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    EXPLAINED: HEARTFELT MESSAGES FROM NADINE AND CHERYL IN MEMORY OF GIRLS ALOUD BANDMATE SARAH HARDING

    Nadine posted a photo on Instagram of Sarah smiling broadly and said she was "absolutely devastated" by the news.

    And Cheryl spoke about her "waves of disbelief" adding: "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."

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    WHAT DID NICOLA ROBERTS SAY ABOUT SARAH'S DEATH?

    Nicola also shared a series of photos of them together during Girls Aloud's early years and wrote: "I'm absolutely devastated and I can't accept that this day has come. My heart is aching and all day everything we went through together has raced round my mind …"

    She described Sarah as "Electric girl" and added: "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."

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    KIMBERELY WALSH REMEMBERS SARAH AS SOMEONE WHO LOVED, LIVED AND LAUGHED SO HARD'

    Mum-of-three Kimberely Marsh remembered bandmate Sarah as someone who "loved, lived and laughed so hard".

    Sharing a gallery of photos, she wrote: "Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear.

    "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."

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    SARAH HARDING’S GIRLS ALOUD BANDMATE KIMBERLEY WALSH SHARES HEARTBREAKING MESSAGE TO FANS AFTER STAR’S DEATH

    SARAH Harding's Girls Aloud bandmate Kimberley Walsh has shared a heartbreaking message to fans after her death at the age of 39.

    The singer revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.

    On Sunday, her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram, saying her "beautiful" daughter was "a bright shining star".

    Kimberley, who joined Harding, Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts in girl band Girls Aloud on TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, posted a thank you to the group's fans last night.

    She said: "Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all your kind messages and all your lovely tributes to Sarah. She would have loved them.

    "To all our fans… you meant the world to Sarah and she never took a single one of you for granted."

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    DEVASTATED SARAH HARDING FANS RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER PATIENTS IN HER MEMORY

    Sarah Harding’s devastated fans have set up a fundraising page in her memory to support the cancer treatment centre that cared for the singer before her death.

    Natasha Young, one of the people behind the page, wrote: “Lets try and raise as much money as we can for The Christie who cared for Sarah in her time of need.”

    She said the fundraiser has the backing of Sarah’s management who called it a “lovely idea”.

    So far it has raised £730.

    Pop star Sarah died aged 39 barely 12 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Girls Aloud star was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August and underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy in a bid to prolong her life.

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    WHATS TV SHOWS AND FILMS DID SARAH HARDING STAR IN?

    Alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates, Harding made a cameo appearance in St. Trinian's in 2007.

    She took on her first major acting role in 2008, appearing in the low-budget thriller Bad Day. Harding wore a brunette wig for the role of Jade Jennings.

    During Girls Aloud's hiatus, Harding decided to focus on her acting career. "Singing was always my main ambition, but acting was something else I wanted to achieve," Harding said.

    Harding appeared in Freefall aired on BBC Two in July 2009. Harding portrayed Sam, the beautician girlfriend of Dominic Cooper's character.

    Later that year, Harding returned to the St. Trinian's franchise with a starring role in St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold.

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    CHERYL PAYS TRIBUTE TO 'CRAZY, QUIRKY, KIND' BANDMATE SARAH HARDING

    Cheryl has paid tribute to her Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding after her death at the age of 39, describing her as "stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft hearted".

    The singer revealed last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to other parts of her body.

    On Sunday, her mother Marie announced the death on Instagram, saying her "beautiful" daughter was "a bright shining star".

    Cheryl, then Cheryl Tweedy, was part of Girls Aloud with Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts from their formation on TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

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    CHAD JOHNSON WAS 'ALWAYS THINKING' ABOUT SARAH HARDING

    Chad, who now works in tech and lives in Las Vegas, told how they had planned to hook up again but he never realised just how ill she was. He said: "We'd always stayed in touch.

    "We had been planning to meet up but I had to move the dates and we couldn't make it work — and then the pandemic hit.

    "But we stayed in touch via texts and on social media. For us both, I think we always thought we would reconnect. We had a connection, a great relationship.

    "We didn't have to talk for hours to know we cared. And we both had busy lives. But even after she said she was sick I never really realised how poorly she was. It never really hit me.

    "I prayed she was able to get through it. It is still sinking in. I woke up to so many messages from friends. I still can't believe she has gone. I was always thinking of her."

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    SARAH HARDING'S DREAM 'WAS TO BECOME A MOTHER' SAYS EX BOYFRIEND CHAD JOHNSON

    Sarah Harding's dream was to become a mother, her last boyfriend Chad Johnson revealed yesterday. Chad, who met Sarah on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, believes she would have been an amazing mum — and told of his sorrow that she never got to fulfil her wish.

    In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 34-year-old American said: "Sarah wanted to be a mum but she never got to do that.

    "That feels very sad for me. I always thought Sarah would have been an amazing mum. She had such a motherly vibe, she was very caring towards the people she loved. And she loved children.

    "She would have been obsessed with her kids in the best way. It was just in her nature."

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    CALUM BEST ‘REMEMBERS THE FUN TIMES AND ADVERTURES’ HE HAD WITH SARAH HARDING

    Reality TV star Calum Best has spoken of the “crazy fun times and adventures” he had with Sarah Harding.

    He said on Twitter: “Jesus this one hits home, so damn sad, so young. I hope u rest In peace Sarah we had some crazy fun times and adventures.

    “U will be so very missed. Sending so much love to ur mom.”

    His post was accompanied by three pictures of him with the former Girls Aloud member.

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    DAVINA MCCALL’S TRIBUTE TO ‘HUGELY FUN’ SARAH HARDING

    Former Big Brother host Davina McCall wrote in a tribute to Sarah Harding: “So so sad to hear about Sarah … a star from the get go, hugely fun and outgoing yet also somehow fragile … love to her family and friends.”

    Sarah won Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 and became friends with her following the show.

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    SARAH HARDING’S INCREDIBLE FIRST AUDITION FOR GIRLS ALOUD THAT CHANGED HER LIFE

    The star, whose death aged just 39 was announced by her devastated mum today, appeared as a young wannabe on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    Sarah impressed the judging panel performing the Steps song Last Thing on My Mind without so much as a microphone.

    Pete Waterman, who was a judge alongside Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh, instantly put her through to the next round saying: “You’re going to London.”

    The band, which was assembled by the team of experts, eventually saw Sarah joined by Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

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    DENISE VAN OUTEN LEAVES MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE ON INSTAGRAM POST FROM SARAH HARDING’S MOTHER

    Denise Van Outen commented on the Instagram post from Sarah Harding’s mother, Marie, announcing her death.

    Van Outen wrote: “This is so heartbreaking. Rest in peace beautiful Sarah. Thinking of you all. Family and friends”=

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    SPANDAU BALLET STAR MARTIN KEMP PAYS TRIBUTE TO SARAH

    Former Spandau Ballet member Martin Kemp has tweeted his condolences to Sarah Harding’s family and friends.

    “Sarah Harding so sad, my heart goes out to all your friends and family and all your fans,” he tweeted.

    “Rest in peace!”

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    SARAH HARDING’S INCREDIBLE FIRST AUDITION FOR GIRLS ALOUD THAT CHANGED HER LIFE AS STAR DIES AGED 39

    The star, whose death aged just 39 was announced by her devastated mum today, appeared as a young wannabe on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.

    Sarah impressed the judging panel performing the Steps song Last Thing on My Mind without so much as a microphone.

    Pete Waterman, who was a judge alongside Geri Halliwell and Louis Walsh, instantly put her through to the next round saying: “You’re going to London.”

    The band, which was assembled by the team of experts, eventually saw Sarah joined by Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

    Read the article in full here.

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