Cheryl takes a break after Sarah Harding’s death


Cheryl is said to take a step back from her commitments after being “hot” by the death of her former Girls Aloud partner, Sarah Harding.

Sarah died on September 5 at the age of 39 of breast cancer and Cheryl has not made any public appearances since, having withdrawn from a Birmingham Pride performance last month.

A source has since explained that Cheryl “takes a little break to make her well-being a priority.”

So sad: Cheryl, 38, has reportedly been in a dark place since her former partner Girls Aloud Sarah Harding died

Speaking to Closer magazine, the source said: “The shock and devastation hit her so hard.

“She’s not in the mind to think about playing, so she takes a little break to prioritize her well-being.”

The source added: “Sarah’s death was announced by her mother on Instagram and Cheryl previously opened up about her grief as she paid tribute to her bandmate – whom she had reconciled with in recent years.”

Mourning: Sarah died on September 5 at the age of 39 from breast cancer and Cheryl has not made a public appearance since

Mourning: Sarah died on September 5 at the age of 39 from breast cancer and Cheryl has not made a public appearance since

It comes after Cheryl thanked her fans for “an amazing night” after performing on stage at the Mighty Hoopla Festival in Brixton last month, just hours before Sarah died.

Addressing her Instagram stories, the singer admitted, “A lot of things happened in between” as she thought about how “amazing” the crowd was while sharing a BTS video of her performance.

She said: ‘Hello everyone. So I know it’s been a minute since Hoopla, but I really wanted to come back just to say thank you very much for an amazing evening.

‘I had the best time. You were amazing. And yes, I didn’t have a chance to say thank you. A lot happened in between, but I really had the best night. So, you are all of age and I look forward to seeing you again.

Sharing the behind-the-scenes video of her performance on Instagram, Cheryl wrote: “Love you all, thank you for an amazing night @mightyhoopla.”

Grateful: This comes after Cheryl thanked her fans for

Grateful: This comes after Cheryl thanked her fans for “an amazing night” after performing on stage at the Mighty Hoopla festival in Brixton last month, just hours before Sarah died

Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts, 35, who joined her on the festival stage, commented: “The best night”.

The performance marked Cheryl’s comeback to the music scene after retiring from her singing career following the birth of her now four-year-old son Bear.

Just three weeks after Mighty Hoopla and Sarah’s death, Cheryl pulled out of her scheduled Birmingham Pride performance, as she continued to mourn her former bandmate.

Cheryl was slated to be on the front page of the event, but took to her Instagram Stories the day before to reveal that she would no longer appear.

Unbelievable: “So I know it's been a minute since Hoopla, but I really wanted to come back just to thank you so much for this amazing night,” Cheryl said (pictured during her performance)

Unbelievable: “So I know it’s been a minute since Hoopla, but I really wanted to come back just to thank you so much for this amazing night,” Cheryl said (pictured during her performance)

She shared a heartfelt message with fans, in which she admitted that she was “not emotionally, mentally or physically capable of performing” while struggling to come to terms with Sarah’s death.

Cheryl wrote: “Saying goodbye to someone you’ve spent so much of your life with is like nothing else.

“My heart is heavy. Grieving is such a harsh experience and an absolute roller coaster of emotions. Unanswered questions and unresolved pains. So tumultuous and constant.

“Having said that, I’m sorry, but I’m really not emotionally, mentally or physically capable of playing for you this Saturday at Birmingham Pride.

‘I apologize wholeheartedly and can only hope your understanding … (I promise I will make up for it somehow).

Mourning: “I didn't have the opportunity to say thank you.  A lot of things happened in between, ”admitted Cheryl (Photo with late bandmate Sarah in 2008)

Mourning: “I didn’t have the opportunity to say thank you. A lot of things happened in between, ”admitted Cheryl (Photo with late bandmate Sarah in 2008)

“I now feel like I just need the time to sit down with my feelings and deal with the grief. Nothing prepares you for this song.

Birmingham Pride and Insiders previously revealed that as Cheryl struggles with grief, she is determined to honor her commitment to the event.

Sources told The Sun, “Cheryl will still be making headlines this weekend as planned, despite her grief. She is devastated by Sarah’s passing, but also knows that the last thing Sarah wanted was for her to drop their fans.

Sarah, who has also been a model and starred in the St Trinian’s film series, died just 13 months after confirming her diagnosis of terminal cancer. His death was announced by his devastated family on social media.

Heartbroken: The singer took to Instagram, where she shared a heartfelt message with fans, telling them she would not be performing at Birmingham Pride

Heartbroken: The singer took to Instagram, where she shared a heartfelt message with fans, telling them she would not be performing at Birmingham Pride

Speaking to Instagram after her death, Cheryl – who has enjoyed over a decade of chart success with Sarah – shared an image of her bandmate with a caption in which she thanked Sarah’s fans for their support during his last months.

She wrote: “Although we knew that day would come, I still feel at a loss for words about the departure of our beautiful, unique, crazy, quirky, kind and sweet daughter.

“As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horribly unknown waves of disbelief and finality that I am experiencing, I wanted to express my condolences to all of our GA fans. We have been like extended family for so long and we know many of you by name.

“I wanted to make sure you knew how much your love and continued support meant to Sarah during her most vulnerable times…”

“She was so grateful and you really cheered her up when she needed you the most… I also realize that so many people will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s death… I send you all a lot of love. I love you Sarah… goodbye.

Kimberley Walsh, Nicola, Nadine Coyle and Cheryl were in the chart-topping group with Sarah from 2002 to 2013.

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Move: Cheryl previously paid a moving tribute to former Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah after her tragic death from breast cancer

Move: Cheryl previously paid a moving tribute to former Girls Aloud partner Sarah after her tragic death from breast cancer


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