Singer Sarah Harding of the British pop group Girls Aloud has died after a battle with breast cancer, her mother said Sunday. She was 39. The singer said last August that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and it had spread to other parts of her body.
Sarah Harding’s Life Before Fame
Harding had no professional singing experience before she signed with the UK record label Vertigo, a subsidiary of EMI, as a teenager. As a teen, she became a regular on TV shows such as the celebrity dance show “Strictly Come Dancing” and the talent show “Popstars: The Rivals.” Sarah Harding had a number of headline-making relationships. She dated now-husband Jamie Reed when she was 16 and he was 22. She married Scottish football star Danny Simpson in 2003 and the couple divorced two years later. She married her ex-bandmate Cheryl Cole’s ex-husband, Ashley Cole, in 2006. The couple has a daughter named Kimberley who was born in 2007. “I wasn’t married to him, I’d only met him a couple of times and was with Cheryl, who I loved more,” Sarah Harding told the Irish Mirror in 2015.
Sarah Harding’s Music
The pop star was born in Liverpool to Irish parents and became one of the most successful solo acts in the UK, selling more than 16 million records worldwide. Her debut solo single, “Promise This,” was released in 2004 and debuted at No. 3 in the UK singles chart. She is also famous for performing the keytar in Girls Aloud, a move that is still controversial for some. The band released their debut album Take Me Home in 2004 and went on to win the BAFTAs for best British band and best British single in 2005. After Girls Aloud Harding focused on her charity work. She launched the social organization Pretty Big Deal (PBD), and Sarah Harding The Stand-Up Charity Show in 2006, and raised over $1 million.
The Girls Aloud Breakup
In 2013, Girls Aloud ended an almost 15-year partnership. The British girl group, which came together in 2002, was propelled to stardom with their first single “Sound of the Underground” in 2003, which spawned five hit singles including “The Promise” and “No Good Advice.” The group won numerous music awards, including four BRIT Awards. But the group disbanded after a fallout between the members. Girls Aloud reunited for a one-off performance in London in March, but the group officially disbanded. Just a day ago on #sunsettuesday I posted a pic of @sarah_harding and wrote: “Tonight’s going to be amazing, it’s going to be epic, we’re gonna have a great time, it’s going to be amazing and I’m so proud to be part of it. That was before I lost my gorgeous friend and best supporter.
Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Sarah Harding was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She then went through a number of operations and had reconstructive surgery. She later recovered and went on to record her second solo album. Before Girls Aloud, Sarah and the other members of the group were in an all-girl boy band called S Club 7, who released their debut album in 2002 and went on to have three top 10 hits. In 2008, they released their last album together, S Club 7. They announced their disbandment in 2009, but reunited briefly for their 20th anniversary last year. Here’s what you need to know: 1.
Harding was a star of Girls Aloud from its formation in 2002 to their breaking up in 2013. The group sold over 50 million records worldwide and won many accolades including two MTV Music Video Awards, four Brit Awards, a Guinness World Record, five NME Awards and seven Q Awards. They went on to create their own record label, Bananarama Records, in 2012. The band, however, split after five members — Harding, Cheryl Cole, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle and Kimberly Walsh — refused to sign a new contract with record label Polydor that would allow a sixth member of the group, singer Natasha Hamilton, to join the group. In an interview with Hello!