Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding’s father breaks silence after first Christmas after her death

By Sarah Harding father has broken his silence for the first time since the death of a singer from cancer.

John Hardman, who was estranged from pop star Girls Aloud for two decades, took to instagram to remember her daughter on her first Christmas since she died on September 5 at age 39.

“In memory of my beautiful daughter Sarah Harding (Hardman) this Christmas. I appreciate the moments we had together before and during her illness,” Hardman wrote.

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“We all miss her so much, and we thank her fans for their love and kindness, wishing them and their families a very Merry Christmas. One can only try to stay safe in such difficult times. Best wishes. JH.”

Hardman, who rose to fame in the 1970s band Sunfighter, reportedly tried to reconnect with his daughter after she rose to stardom alongside fellow bandmates Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts.

“I’ve tried so many times to make contact, even before she got famous,” Hardman said in 2009, according to Sun.

“I wrote to her, e-mailed her, phoned, asked others to intercede on my behalf and yet she refuses to see me. I once showed up at her London home only to have her boyfriend and management turn me down. “.

Harding changed his last name in 2011 and said his father was “dead to me” after his decision to leave his mother for a younger woman.

Sarah Harding died in September after a battle with cancer. (Getty)

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However, the former pop star spoke warmly about him in her autobiography. Listen to me, which was published in March.

“My father John was very fond of music. A talented musician in his own right, he played guitar, piano and bass, and also sang,” he wrote.

“I vividly remember the photo of him and his guitar that was on display at my grandmother’s house.

“Dad has been in quite a few bands over the years and one of the things we have in common is that we have both performed in Royal Variety’s performance and I met the Queen. How cool is that? “

Harding was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and revealed that the cancer had become terminal in March 2021.

Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud attend their London Ten - The Hits Tour after party at Whiskey Mist Club on March 02, 2013 in London, England
Girls Aloud band members Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding. (Getty)

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The late singer rose to fame in 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television series. Popstars: the rivals. Harding ended up earning a spot in the Girls Aloud group.

In September, Harding’s mother, Marie announced his death on his Instagram page.along with a sincere message.

“It is with deep anguish that I share with you today the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah sadly passed away. Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so hard from her diagnosis to her last day. She peacefully escaped this tomorrow, “he wrote.

“I would like to thank everyone for your kind support over the past year. It meant a lot to Sarah and gave her great strength and comfort to know that she was loved. I know she will not want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – it was a shining star and I hope that’s how they remember her. “

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