Sarah Harding: From reality TV to the world stage with Girls Aloud

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Sarah Harding has revealed that she has breast cancer.

The 38-year-old former Girls Aloud and Celebrity Big Brother star shared news of her diagnosis on Twitter.

Harding, born in Ascot in Berkshire, rose to fame in 2002 as a contestant on ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals.

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Sarah Harding during the live final of Celebrity Big Brother (Ian West/PA)

Girls Aloud went on to release five studio albums, two of which topped the Official Charts Company rankings.

They also achieved four UK number one singles.

In addition to her pop success, Harding has enjoyed a varied career in acting and television.

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Harding has previously opened up about her past struggles with alcohol (Matt Crossick/PA)

She also made a guest appearance in Coronation Street as Joni in 2015 and was subsequently invited back to feature in more episodes of the ITV soap.

In 2016 Harding made her stage debut in Ghost – The Musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre in south-west London.

In the same year she was forced to pull out of Channel 4’s reality ski show The Jump after rupturing a ligament.

She become the sixth celebrity to leave the show through injury.

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Harding and fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Chad Johnson (Ian West/PA)

She narrowly beat singer Amelia Lily, with Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson coming third.

Harding formed a relationship with fellow contestant Chad Johnson, but the pair reportedly split shortly after the programme concluded.

She was previously engaged to DJ Tom Crane and they announced the end of their four-year relationship in 2011.

Harding entered rehab shortly after their split and has previously opened up about her past struggles with alcohol.

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