Girls Aloud to reunite in memory of Sarah Harding: 'Losing her taught me life is too precious'

Nadine Coyle has hinted at a Girls Aloud reunion in the wake of bandmate Sarah Harding’s tragic death.

Nadine has said the grief of losing her close friend is still very raw but revealed it has also proved a driving force to get on with life in her memory.

The group had been planning a a 20th anniversary reunion next year for fans before Sarah’s tragic death in September, which came just a year after a breast cancer diagnosis.

The shattering loss put making music again very far from their minds, reports the Mirror.

But this week Nadine, 37, hinted that she, Cheryl Tweedy, 38, Kimberley Walsh, and Nicola Roberts, 36, may reform as a four-piece for the anniversary in honour of their bandmate.

Nadine Coyle attends The Global Awards 2020 at Eventim Apollo
Nadine Coyle

“This last year or two has shown that life can change so quickly,” she said, speaking in the week Sarah would have celebrated her 40th birthday.

“It’s taught me life is too precious to be putting things off for the future.

“It is so surreal to me to think about Girls Aloud as a four. It is still raw.

“But it is our 20th anniversary next year and it would be really nice for the fans for us to do something.”

“I am so proud of everything we achieved together as a band.”

Sources close to the group also believe they will get together to celebrate Sarah’s life and Girls Aloud’s achievements.

An insider told said: “The anniversary will obviously be very different to what was originally planned.

“But when the time is right the girls will do something to honour Sarah and all their achievements together.”

Meanwhile, Irish singer Nadine says she is being driven on by the sense that Sarah’s spirit is still around her.

“She’s definitely made her presence known a few times.”

The band’s youngest member, Nicola, also said she can still feel Sarah’s ‘energy’,

Posting a poignant birthday tribute to her on Wednesday, Nicola said: “I know you’re somewhere making trouble live one. Happy Earth birthday Sarah. Love, miss and thinking about you all the time.

“I feel your energy like you’re still here. Wish we could have ran riot around town like we used to for your big 4.0!”

Nadine said Sarah’s tragedy coming in the midst of the pandemic had left her struggling to get on with her life – and she had fallen out of love with music.

Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole

“To be honest, for a long time it didn’t feel right recording pop music. Actually it hasn’t felt right doing anything really. I didn’t want to write music.

“I didn’t want to portray anything that was too happy or too upbeat because it just wasn’t the right thing to do.

“There was just so much suffering. I just focused on getting through the day-to-day stuff. I stayed off social media. I just wanted to be private and focus on my family and build myself up again,” said Nadine who has spent the pandemic back together with ex Jason Bell looking after their daughter Anaiya.

“But I am starting to feel a little bit better and getting my strength back so we will see what happens.

“I am starting to get to the point where I want to do music again. I haven’t finished with my solo music. I will probably return to writing and recording music next year. I will take stock and see how it goes.”

Millions of Girls Aloud fans will be hoping the reunion rumours become a reality.

Girls Aloud formed in 2002, winning ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals. They went on to have a 21 top 10 singles, four number ones, even winning a BRIT Award in 2009 for The Promise.

The women fell out after the band suddenly split at the end of their sixth The Hits tour in 2013 but all five members had patched up their differences before Sarah found out she had cancer.

“I just want to be healthy and happy. To find a nice balance between work life and my personal life. I only want to do what I love to do,” Nadine said.

She is currently a judge on RTE Irish talent show Last Singer Standing alongside Samantha Mumba, *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and host, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne.

Revealing plans to set up her own performing arts school, Nadine said: “As an artist we are used to having a lot of things centred around ourselves but I would like to give more back. I’ve really loved helping and mentoring singers on Last Singer Standing.

“I’d like to do more of that. The reaction to the show has been really positive. I’d love to come back for a second series. I’d also love to do the UK version if it is picked up.

“I really liked mentoring and passing on my knowledge. I’ve even discussed starting up a performing arts school here in Ireland.

“So I will definitely be looking more into that next year.”

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The bandmates were expected to raise a glass to Sarah this weekend as they celebrated Kimberley’s 40th birthday yesterday.

Nadine kept Kimberley’s plans private but admitted: “She is having a big party. I can’t believe that I have known Kimberley since she was 21 I was 17 and at the time I just kept thinking how mature she was.”

Nadine was chatting to promote 27 years of the National Lottery and the £30million raised every week for good causes in local communities throughout the UK.

She said: “I had no idea that much was raised every week – and that more than 635,000 local organisations had been helped by National Lottery funding.

“Because of the effects of Covid the National Lottery funding is needed more than ever.

“Performing in venues throughout the UK I’ve seen first hand what a difference the National Lottery makes to the arts.”


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