Sarah Harding says fans’ support ‘helps on bad days’ in cancer battle update

Sarah Harding has thanked fans for their support, admitting their backing helped her on the "bad days" she has endured while battling cancer.

The Girls Aloud singer, 39, announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer last August, revealing the disease had sadly moved to "other parts" of her body.

Having taken a break from the spotlight in recent months, Sarah shared an update with fans on Monday morning, sharing some uplifting news.

The pop sensation has written an autobiography, revisiting the dizzying heights of fame as a member of Girls Aloud, and looking back at the personal battles she has faced.

Taking to Twitter, Sarah wrote: "I hope you are keeping safe and as well as possible with everything that's going on.

"I know I'm not really that present on here which I promise I'll try to get a bit better at, as honestly it means the world to me when I come on and see all your well wishes."

Admitting fan support has been helping to boost her morale, she added: "Thank you for the love and support, on bad days it helps me so much.

"So here's a little update from me… Mum, the dogs and I had a really lovely but quiet Christmas together, which was different to my usual, but seemed a fitting way to end such a strange year."

Throughout her cancer treatment, Sarah has been putting pen to paper, reflecting on her life's experiences for a powerful new memoir.

She told fans: "And since then, in between treatments and hospital visits I've managed to finish my book! I can't believe I've actually gone and done it and it's now at the printers! I'm so excited for it to come out."

Having shot to fame back in 2002 as a contestant on the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals, Sarah became a household name as one-fifth of Girls Aloud.

The girl band enjoyed chart-topping success with their catchy original tracks as well as with covers of songs like Aerosmith's Walk This Way.

Despite a brief revival in 2012, the band split in 2009, with Sarah leaving music behind to venture into the world of acting, making an appearance on Coronation Street and staging her own theatre production.

Promising to give a truthful account of her life's events, Sarah told fans: "I can't rewrite history; all I can do is be honest and wear my heart on my sleeve. It's really the only way I know.

"I want to show people the real me. Or perhaps remind them. Because, somewhere – amongst the nightclubs, the frocks and hairdos, the big chart hits…

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"…and the glamour of being a popstar – the other Sarah Harding got utterly lost. She's the one who's been forgotten. And all I want is for you to hear her out."

The former Celebrity Big Brother star revealed the title of the memoir, Hear Me Out, was inspired by one of her favourite Girls Aloud songs.

Due for release on March 18, Sarah promised there will be signed copies available in the weeks to come, before signing off with a message of love for her fans.

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