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Cheryl shares emotional footage of Sarah Harding to mark bandmate’s birthday

Cheryl marked Sarah Harding's 40th birthday with an emotional tribute

By Elizabeth Aubrey

Sarah Harding and Cheryl
Sarah Harding and Cheryl - Credit: Alamy

Cheryl has shared an emotional tribute to her Girls Aloud bandmate, Sarah Harding, on what would have been the singer’s 40th birthday.

Harding died in September, aged 39, after revealing in 2020 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

News of Harding’s death was announced on September 5 by her mother who said that her daughter had died “peacefully” that morning.

It would have been Harding’s 40th birthday today (November 17) and to mark the occasion, Cheryl shared a montage of old footage with Harding on her Instagram account.

“Memories may be all we’re left with, but they’re enough to last a lifetime,” Cheryl wrote on the post, adding the hastag: “#Sarahs40th.”

Soon after news came through of Harding’s death, Cheryl pulled out of a planned performance at Birmingham Pride.

In a statement shared via the festival, Cheryl said she was not “emotionally, mentally or physically able” to perform at the event and donate her fee to a number of cancer charities.

“This all feels so cruel,” Cheryl wrote at the time. “Grief is such a harsh experience and an absolute rollercoaster of emotions. Questions without answers and pain without resolve. So tumultuous and constant. I am drained.”

“It has been a long & emotionally exhausting 12 months with such twists and turns and I feel now I just need some time to sit with my feelings and process my grief.”