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Kimberley Walsh hid her pregnancy from Sarah Harding

Kimberley Walsh with Sarah Harding. (Getty)
Kimberley Walsh with Sarah Harding. (Getty)

Kimberley Walsh has admitted that she hid her pregnancy from Sarah Harding while her Girls Aloud bandmate was suffering from cancer.

Walsh became pregnant for the third time in September 2020 just a month after Harding made public that she had been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and as a result of chemotherapy would not be able to have children.

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Appearing on Sophie Ellis-Bextor's podcast Spinning Plates, Walsh discussed her guilt over being pregnant while Harding was terminally ill.

She said: "It was the most horrific time in some ways for me personally, because shortly after I think I found out she was poorly I got pregnant again and I almost didn't want to tell her."

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: (L to R) Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts attend the Primrose Ball, in honour of Sarah Harding, hosted by her fellow Girls Aloud bandmates and friends at The Londoner Hotel on October 8, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for The Londoner)
The remaining members of Girls Aloud at a ball in honour of Sarah Harding. (Getty Images for The Londoner)

The Girls Aloud singer added: "I'm getting really emotional thinking about this. In reality I kind of knew she's not going to have any kids == she isn't going to be able to — and she always asked me about the boys all the time.

"And I didn't tell her for a while. And I knew it was weird because I was like 'I should call her and tell her, like it's amazing news'."

Walsh also revealed that Harding ended up finding out anyway: "Sarah being Sarah just called me up and she was like 'Ay, I've just seen you're having another one, are you alright?' And I was like 'Yeah, I know I'm sorry', and I was so embarrassed for not calling her but I couldn't bear to give her another moment of pain."

Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl and Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud live on stage during BBC Children In Need. (PA)
Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl and Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud live on stage during BBC Children In Need. (PA)

She also said of her late bandmate: "She was amazingly strong. It just blew me away because honestly in the band I don't know if I really saw the strength in the same way I saw all of her vulnerability and all the other sides of her. And I don't know if I ever gave her credit for the strength that she did have, because when it actually came to it, it was mind-blowing."

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Sarah Harding later died of the disease in September 2021. Since Harding's death, Girls Aloud have reunited several times to raise money for cancer research.

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