Kimberley Walsh says Girls Aloud lean on each other after Sarahs Hardings death

The members of pop group Girls Aloud leaned on one another following the death of Sarah Harding, close friend and former band member Kimberley Walsh has revealed.

The English-Irish pop group was formed back in 2002 while on the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals, with the band being comprised of Kimberley, Sarah, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Tweedy.

Their first single, Sound of the Underground, cemented their place on the charts, and over the course of their seven years together, they were named the United Kingdom's biggest-selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone.

The band split in 2013 and went their separate ways, with each of the women releasing solo work.

Sarah died in 2021 at the age of 39 after revealing she had breast cancer which had spread to other parts of her body.

While reflecting on the difficult time, in conversation with The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine, Kimberley, 41, who recently supported Cheryl’s stage show, revealed that Sarah’s death had brought them back together.

After stating the the girls are closer than ever and very much involved in one another’s lives, she explained: “Obviously with everything that’s happened, we’re really as tight as we’ve ever been at the moment. You just have to lean on each other, don’t you?”

Last year, the group hosted a charity ball last year to raise money for Cancer Research in honour of Sarah.

The Primrose Ball was held at The Londoner hotel in central London in October and featured performances from the likes of Olly Alexander along with a live auction which included an original portrait of Sarah by artistic duo The Connor Brothers.

The event had been organised at the star’s request before she died, and was named after lyrics from the Girls Aloud hit The Promise where Harding sings the line “Here I am, walking Primrose”.

Speaking about The Primrose Ball, Kimberley said: “The gala felt like the perfect way to put all our energy into something positive together, and it helped her mum, Marie, to have something to focus on.

“We raised over £1 million for all the research she wanted. So we did what we promised her.”

Ahead of the band’s 20th anniversary, Kimberley also confirmed that they will not be reuniting in the same way they did to mark 10 years.

“We don’t feel like we want to celebrate the 20 years in the way we might have done, but we have tried to do some things,” Walsh said.

“We are doing some re-releases of the singles with different versions of us singing different parts.

“It’s just some fun stuff so they can feel we are making something of it, because 20 years is massive. I can’t believe it, to be honest.”


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