Sarah Hardings father has broken his silence for the first time since the singer’s shock death from cancer.
John Hardman, who was alienated from the Girls Aloud pop star for two decades, took to Instagram to remember his daughter on his first Christmas since she died on September 5 at the age of 39.
“In memory of my beautiful daughter Sarah Harding (Hardman) this Christmas. I cherish the moments we had together before and during her illness,” Hardman wrote.
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“We all miss her very much and we thank her fans for their love and kindness, and wish them and their families a very Merry Christmas. One can only try to be safe in such difficult times. The best wishes. JH.”
Hardman, who gained fame in the 1970s band Sunfighter, had reportedly tried to reconnect with his daughter after she rose to star status with her bandmates Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts.
“I’ve tried so many times to get in touch, even before she became famous,” Hardman said in 2009 according to The sun.
“I have written, emailed, called, asked others to intercede on my behalf, and still she refuses to see me. I once showed up at her home in London, only to be rejected by her boyfriend and management.”
Harding changed her last name in 2011, saying her father was “dead to me” after his decision to leave his mother for a younger woman.
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However, the former pop star spoke warmly about him in his autobiography listen to me, which was published in March.
“My father John was very into music. A talented musician in himself, he played lead guitar, piano and bass, and he sang too,” she wrote.
“I clearly remember the picture of him and his guitar that was on display at my grandmother’s.
“Dad has been in a lot of bands over the years, and one of the things we have in common is that we have both performed at. The Royal Variety Performance and met The queen. How fat is that? “
Harding was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and revealed that the cancer had become terminal by March 2021.
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The late singer became famous in 2002 when she auditioned for the TV reality series Popstars: The Rivals. Harding ended up winning a spot in the Girls Aloud group.
In September, Harding’s mother has Marie announced her death on her Instagram page, along with a heartfelt message.
“It is with deep heartache that today I share the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Many of you will know about Sarah’s fight against cancer and that she fought so hard from her diagnosis until her last day. “She escaped peacefully this morning,” she wrote.
“I want to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved. I know she does not want to be remembered for her struggle “Against this terrible disease – she was a shining star, and I hope that is how she can be remembered instead.”
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