This is not the headline anyone wants to see when they wake up, but here we are.

Our beloved Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud has breast cancer, and it’s spreading.

The 38-year-old member of the girl group made the incredibly upsetting announcement on Wednesday (August 26) on social media, which she felt she needed to do after being recently spotted at the hospital.

“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. I feel now is the right time to share what’s been going on. There’s no easy way to say this and actually it doesn’t even feel real writing this, but here goes,” she wrote.

“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.”

The message came with a hospital bed selfie on Instagram, and has since been met with a flood of supportive messages on social media from fans and fellow stars alike, including at least one of her bandmates, Nadine Coyle, who wrote: “I love you!!!! You have always been able to achieve miracles when needed!! I am here for the all the way & always will be!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👑👑👑⭐️⭐️⭐️” Cheryl has since also tweeted a broken heart emoji.

As you all surely know by now, Girls Aloud is my favorite girl group. There are endless memories attached to the music. This is devastating news for fans.

I am sending all of my well wishes and positive, healing energy to Sarah, as well as support and strength to all her loved ones. We all love you very much and we’re rooting for you, Sarah. You got this.

Photo credit: Anders Brogaard

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