Cheryl has said she is “at a loss for words” as she broke her silence on the passing of former Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding.
The Stockport-raised singer tragically died on Sunday, aged 39, her mother announced in a heartbreaking social media post.
Sarah told fans last year that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer which had spread to other parts of her body.
Tributes have been flooding in following her death, including from her Girls Aloud bandmates and friends.
Cheryl is the last of the group to share a message.
She also took time to express her condolences to their loyal fanbase.
Alongside a black and white picture of Sarah laughing, Cheryl wrote: “Although we knew this day would arrive I am somehow still feeling at a loss for words that our stunning, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and soft hearted girl has departed.
“As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unfamiliar waves of disbelief & finality I am experiencing, I wanted to extend my condolences to all of our GA fans.
“We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name. I wanted to make sure you knew just how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah through her most vulnerable times.
“She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you most I also realize so many will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s passing… I am sending you all so much love.”
She ended the post: “I love you Sarah… farewell.”
Kimberley Walsh paid tribute earlier this morning.
Alongside a series of throwback snaps, the singer and actress wrote on Instagram: “Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear.
“Hearing your infectious chuckle was one of my favourite things in the world.
“Your fire burned so bright and you loved, lived and laughed so hard. Sending love and strength to everyone who is grieving today.”
She added: “My heart is broken.”
Nicola Roberts and Nadine Coyle have said they are “absolutely devastated” by Sarah’s death.
The girl group shot to fame on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 after being put together on the show judged by Pete Waterman, Louis Walsh and Geri Halliwell.
The group went on to score the Christmas number one that year with their debut single Sound Of The Underground before becoming one of the country’s biggest girl bands.
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