Sarah Harding has revealed that she is battling breast cancer.
In a statement, the Girls Aloud star said that she received the diagnosis earlier this year, and was recently told that it has spread to other parts of her body.
"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."
She continued: "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."
Sarah added: "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….xx"
Sarah's Girls Aloud bandmate Nadine Coyle sent her a message of support on Instagram, writing: "I love you!!!! You have always been able to achieve miracles when needed!! I am here for the all the way & always will be!!!"
Fellow band member Cheryl also shared a broken heart emoji on Twitter.
Sarah first rose to fame in 2002 when she was picked to be part of the girl band on Popstars: The Rivals. She went on to win Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.
The 'Sound of the Underground' singer has been quiet on social media for the last year, writing on Twitter she was "taking a timeout".
For more information on breast cancer, visit the NHS website.
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