Sarah Harding has revealed she is battling breast cancer.
The former Girls Aloud singer, 38, took to Twitter on Wednesday (26 August) to inform fans that she was diagnosed with disease last year, and that she recently received the "devastating" news that the cancer had spread to other parts of her body.
Harding, who has remained largely out of the public eye since winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, opened up about her health in a heartfelt message to fans.
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. pic.twitter.com/gxzOAl71vS— Sarah Harding (@SarahNHarding) August 26, 2020
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", she wrote.
"I feel now is the right time to share what’s been going on."
Harding went 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.
"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"
Harding shot to fame in 2002 on reality music series Pop Stars: The Rivals, where she was selected to form part of girl band Girls Aloud alongside Cheryl, Kimberly Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle.
The group went on to score twenty consecutive top ten singles in the UK, including four number ones, and won a Brit Award in 2009 for their single 'The Promise'.
After taking a three-year hiatus in 2009, the group reunited in 2012 for a greatest hits album and tour, before announcing their split in 2013.
Harding later turned her attention to TV and acting projects, appeating in ITV soap Coronation Street in 2015 and going on to win Celebrity Big Brother two years later.