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Sarah Harding: 5 Things To Know About The Girls Aloud Singer, 38, Battling Breast Cancer

Cassie Gill

Sarah Harding took to Instagram to confirm the ‘devastating news’ that her breast cancer has ‘advanced’ to other parts of her body in an emotional Instagram post.

Sarah Harding has breast cancer. The 38-year-old revealed the news in a lengthy letter to her fans via Instagram. “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,” the Girls Aloud singer wrote on Wednesday, Aug. 26. “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,” she continued.

The British-born star captioned a photo of herself sitting in a hospital bed. “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,” Sarah went on in her deeply emotional message, signing off with a positive affirmation. “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,” she posted. Learn more about Sarah Harding below.

1. She was in Girls Aloud. Sarah quickly rose to prominence when competing on the British reality show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. Along with Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, the five women formed the highly successful pop group Girls Aloud. They were an immediate success with lead single “Sound of the Underground,” going onto release four follow-up albums. The group took a hiatus in 2009, and later reunited for their 10 year anniversary in 2012, but ultimately disbanded the following year.

2. She’s from England. Sarah was born on Nov. 17, 1981 in Berkshire, England. After graduating from Hazel Grove High School, she studied hair and makeup. Later, she began performing in nightclubs — ultimately auditioning for Popstars in 2002.

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Sarah Harding attends the National Television Awards. (AP Images)

3. She’s acted. When Girls Aloud went on a hiatus, the star turned her attention to the film and television world. She starred as character Jade Jennings in 2008’s Bad Day, also earning credits for films Run for Your Wife, St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend Of Fritton’s Gold, as well as a brief appearance on legendary British soap opera Coronation Street. Sarah was also in BBC’s TV movie Freefall, which aired in 2009.

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Sarah Harding stuns in a white dress with feather detail. (AP Images)

4. She was engaged. Sarah got engaged in 2011 to celebrity DJ boyfriend Tom Crane after nearly four years of dating, however, the pair never walked down the aisle HELLO! magazine reported. She later dated producer Mark Foster, but they split in 2014.

5. She was on Celebrity Big Brother. Outside of her career in music and acting, Sarah also dabbled in reality television! She competed on the 20th season of Celebrity Big Brother and made it right to the end — claiming the winning title on day 25 in the house. On the series, she also struck up a romance with contestant  Chad Johnson, but the pair called it quits shortly after the show ended.

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