Davina McCall says Sarah Harding gave herself a hard time over cancer diagnosis delay
Davina McCall has spoken out on Sarah Harding's death weeks on from her tragic passing.
TV host Davina, 53, first met Sarah, who was just 39 at the age of her death, when the brunette TV star hosted Popstars, the singing competition show where Girls Aloud was formed.
Nearly 20 years after the show, Sarah tragically passed away last month after being diagnosed with cancer which later spread.
Sarah wrote a book before her passing, revealing she tragically delayed seeing doctors due to the pandemic.
Sarah admitted her she was "in denial" about her symptoms and thought it was a breast cyst due to playing too much guitar.
Now friend Davina, who lost her sister suddenly in 2012 to cancer, has said that others going through the disease must never feel shame or blame themselves.
She said: "She’d given herself a hard time for not going to sort it out earlier. That, for me, is always the hardest thing.
"My sister was given a terminal diagnosis in hospital and gave herself a hard time for not doing something about it.
"There’s nothing like the look on someone’s face when they realise that what they’re being told is there’s no treatment. This is palliative care from now on.
"And the idea that you’d ever blame yourself for that is too much to handle. So we need to help people to find ways of detecting changes in their bodies, but never shaming anybody, ever, ever, ever, and least of all shaming yourself, ever. If you get sick, it’s not your fault," she told The Sun.
After first meeting in 2002, Davina and Sarah met again as they worked together on The Jump in 2016.
Davina recalled: "I think the saddest thing is the last time I’d seen Sarah was on The Jump, where she was a contestant. And, oh my God, such good fun!
"That girl was absolutely brilliant, so exciting to be around, so fun to be with.
"And obviously I was there at the beginning of her career, with Popstars: The Rivals, and the show formed the band."
Now Davina will be hosting Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer next Friday and says that donating now is more important than ever.
She explained: "I know that because of the pandemic, many thousands of people have been left waiting for cancer tests and treatments, creating a worrying backlog.
"So I think this year, more than ever, we just need to fund as much research as we can, to give as many people as good a chance as possible."
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