Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding has revealed her breast cancer diagnosis to fans this morning.
Writing on social media, the 38-year-old said she was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year, but was recently told it had spread to “other parts” of her body.
The singer updated fans on Instagram, writing: "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.
"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. Xx21m"
Fellow Girls Aloud members rallied around the singer as she broke the news to fans.
Nadine Coyle replied to Sarah’s post, telling her “I love you.”
“You have always been able to achieve miracles when needed,” she added, “I am here all the way and always will be.”
Cheryl Tweedy posted a broken heart emoji in response to Sarah’s post.
The girl band first came to prominence in 2002, when Sarah, Nadine, Cheryl - along with Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, got through to the final of Popstars: The Rivals.
Girl’s Aloud’s debut single, Sound of the Underground, reached number one in the UK charts in 2002.