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Girls Aloud stars Cheryl and Nadine Coyle lead the celebrity tributes to Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding’s former Girls Aloud bandmates led the celebrity tributes on Wednesday morning after the singer revealed she is battling advanced breast cancer. 

The hard-partying Girls Aloud singer, 38, revealed her shocking diagnosis to fans on Instagram, but vowed to ‘fight as hard as she could’ after the cancer ‘spread to other parts of her body.’ 

Taking to social media shortly after the announcement, pop stars Cheryl, Nadine Coyle and Kimberley Walsh – who enjoyed more than decade of chart-topping success with Sarah in Girls Aloud – reached out to their former bandmate. 

Posting on Twitter, Cheryl, 37, shared a single broken heart emoji, while Nadine, 35, insisted she will continue to support her old friend during the crisis. 

She wrote: ‘I love you!! You have always been able to achieve miracles when needed!! I am here for the all ways & always will be!!!’ 

Tweeting later that day, Nicola Roberts, 34, admitted she was stunned by the news, writing: ‘It goes without saying that this is [email protected] you’re so loved and supported.’ 

Fellow bandmate Kimberley Walsh, 38, also sent her love to Sarah, writing: ‘My heart is broken. You are so strong and brave and we are with you every step of the way.’

Meanwhile Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins wrote: ‘Sending HUGE ❤️❤️❤️ Stay Strong xx We’re all behind you xx.’ 

TOWIE’s Jess Wright also responded with a flurry of heart emojis, while singer Michelle Gayle wrote: ‘Love you honey. xxx’

Bob Geldof’s daughter Fifi wrote: ‘Oh my angel… I’m so sorry to hear this awful news!!! Fight hard and look after yourself – please shout if I can help at all. Much love to you.’

Choreographer Arthur Gourounlian – who is married to Big Brother star Brian Dowling – commented: ‘Je suit désolé. This is braking my heart. Sending you all my love and here for you always, stay strong and stay positive ma cherie.’

X Factor star and Sarah’s Celebrity Big Brother housemate Amelia Lily penned: ‘Hope you’re OK Sarah, keep fighting thinking of you and sending you lots of love.’ 

Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown added: ‘Sending so much love to you.’

Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna also wrote: ‘Sending you lots of love Sarah,’ along with a love heart emoji. 

Elsewhere X Factor star and Sarah’s Celebrity Big Brother housemate Amelia Lily paid tribute to the Girls Aloud star on Twitter, writing: ‘Hope you’re OK Sarah, keep fighting thinking of you and sending you lots of love.’ 

Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown added: ‘Sending so much love to you.’

Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna also wrote: ‘Sending you lots of love Sarah,’ along with a love heart emoji. 

Sharing a snap from her hospital bed on Wednesday morning, Sarah wrote: ‘Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these uncertain times.

‘I’ve not posted on here for so long, thank you to everyone who has reached out to check in on me, it really does mean a lot.

‘I feel now is the right time to share what’s been going on. There’s no easy way to say this and actually it doesn’t even feel real writing this, but here goes.

‘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.’ 

Sarah continued: ‘I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can. 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 and this is the best way I can think of to do so. 

‘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 and will keep you updated here with how I’m getting on. In the meantime I hope you’ll all understand and respect my request for privacy during this difficult time. Sending you all so much love….xx.’

Addressing the issue on Wednesday’s edition of Loose Women, panelist Carol McGiffin drew parallels with her own breast cancer battle in 2014.   

The 60-year old, who underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions after finding a lump on her breast, said: ‘I feel for Sarah, it is actually the hardest thing [revealing your diagnosis]. 

‘It’s hard enough getting the diagnosis, but when you get used to that it’s then having to tell other people. It’s difficult, I only told my family and close friends but with every single one of them I had to make a real effort to think it through. 

‘So for her having to do that and tell the world and put it on social media straight away I feel for her.’ 

She added:  Sarah is in hospital she’s getting treatment. I wish her so much love and I do know where she’s coming from. Telling the world, she will be bombarded, people mean well but it is hard. People find it really hard to deal with it.’ 

Loose Women guest Sally Dynevor also recalled her own breast cancer diagnosis,  which came as her Coronation Street character Sally Webster also battled the illness in 2009. 

She said: ‘The hardest thing for me was life was imitating art. There was an afternoon when I thought I’d go and check and see if I was OK, I went to our nurse at ITV and they sent me off to the doctor who said I had breast cancer. I never would have checked if it wasn’t for what I was doing on the street. 

‘I really feel for Sarah Harding. Telling my cast members was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and when I told my children too… I’ve got two girls. It’s for our future, we need to be helping for the research to find out who is going to get it and help them.’ 

Co-panelist Kaye Adams added: ‘I don’t want to be insensitive talking about someone’s experiences with cancer. When my grandma was diagnosed with cancer a long time ago she didn’t say the word, she called it the big C. 

‘So while I feel bad bringing it up, Sarah has said she is receiving the best treatment and has paid tribute to the staff who are treating her.’ 

She added: ‘Sarah our thoughts are genuinely with you.’  

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