Sarah Hardings devastating cancer diagnosis reunited Girls Aloud after 8 years

Sarah Harding has died aged 39, her mother, Marie, confirmed in a heartbreaking social media post, announcing that the late singer died peacefully this morning.

The star burst onto the music scene, becoming a household name in 2002 after securing a place in the chart mauling girl group, Girls Aloud, alongside Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts.

Over the course of their ten-year career, Girls Aloud racked up an impressive 21 top ten singles, four UK number one singles and sell-out tours across the nation.

Following a three year hiatus, Girls Aloud reunited in 2012 to celebrate their tenth anniversary, with a greatest hits album and tour.

However, the group devastated fans on March 21, 2013, as they announced their decision to split via a Twitter announcement.

After their split, the girls went their separate ways – bumping into one another on occasions but a full reunion was off the card, surrounded by claims of a rift.

While they may not have been the best of friends, Girls Aloud reunited in private and threw their support around Sarah after hearing her news.

The former bandmates got together at the exclusive Soho Farmhouse, first accidentally meeting in the carpark before spending the weekend together, watching old footage from their fly-on-the-wall series, Girls Aloud: Off the Record

Sarah and her bandmates were getting together as a five-piece for the first time since their split but she opened up about her reservations ahead of their reunion.

In an extract of her autobiography, Hear Me Out, she penned: "I did have my reservations and fears about the reunion get-together, though. It was going to be the first time we'd all seen one another in about eight years.

"That in itself was nerve-wracking enough, but the fact that I felt and looked the way I did made it worse.

"The steroids I'd been taking made me look bloated, and I'd lost my eyelashes due to the chemo. As the time for the reunion drew closer, I was picturing them all turning up looking fabulous and glamorous, while I looked… well, like I did. Not myself. Not my best."

Sharing her thoughts, Cheryl wrote in Sarah's book: "The news of Sarah's illness hit me so hard. Since that day, she's been on my brain every waking hour – so much so that I feel like I want to be with her."

The Fight For This Love songstress went on to add that she and Sarah, 39, chat away for hours on FaceTime but Sarah can also feel "wiped out" after undergoing treatment.

Cheryl continued: "Initially, I felt helpless, I struggled to find the right words to say when I spoke to her, and I didn't know what to do or how to be."

She added: "Now I just want to be there for her in any way I can, to hear her talk about what might have been in her life, and what should have been, destroys me, it's broken me now, just thinking about it."

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