Girls Aloud REUNITE to release their first single in 11 years in tribute to beloved bandmate Sarah Harding after her tragic death from cancer aged 39
Girls Aloud have finally reunited to release their first single in 11 years, according to reports.
The iconic group – consisting of Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Kimberly Walsh and Nicola Roberts – is working on a music video in tribute to their beloved bandmate Sarah Harding, who passed away from breast cancer in 2021 aged 39.
The band arrived at a music studio in North London, with each girl in a separate car wearing caps and shades to maintain a low profile.
Girls Aloud originally formed in 2002 on ITV’s Pop Stars: The Rivals and shot to fame, achieving 20 top-ten singles and five BRIT award nominations.
But they split for good in 2013, dogged by rumours of feuds between the bandmates.
They’re back! Girls Aloud are reportedly reuniting to release their first single in 11 years
Tragic: The song will be a tribute to late bandmate Sarah Harding, who passed away from breast cancer in 2021
After much anticipation, Girls Aloud are finally set to make a comeback, including a full album of music and a ‘massive’ UK tour in 2024.
A music source told The Sun: ‘This has been one of the best-kept secrets in pop, but it’s actually happening now.
‘The girls really came back together as friends to rally around when Sarah died, and it repaired some of the old rifts and put things into perspective.
‘Suddenly the reunion which had seemed totally impossible for so long just felt a totally natural thing to do — in Sarah’s honour.’
The girls will dress up as superheroes for the new video and producers will honour Sarah by adding in footage of the late star.
After her time in Girls Aloud, Sarah starred in Coronation Street and went on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017.
In 2020 she announced she had breast cancer and that it had spread, before releasing a memoir in 2021 titled Hear Me Out. She sadly passed away on September 5 that year.
After Sarah’s death, bandmate Nicola Roberts said: ‘Time is the most precious thing we have as human beings, it can run out at any point.
Exciting: The reunion has been long-awaited and is said to include a full album of music and UK tour
‘I think it would be very easy to become extremely fearful, over time, when someone so young and so close to you has ran out of it and I think it’s important not to become obsessed with it because things are still happening on their own, in your own time.
‘I think it’s important to still sort of go through the pace of your life as you were, and not become frantic about your time possibly coming to an end, or someone else that you love’s time possibly coming to an end. I think that is a dangerous place to be.’
In 2022 the group reunited at a charity ball in honour of Sarah – but did not perform together.
Girls Aloud took an initial break in 2009 to pursue other projects before they split for good in 2013.
They originally formed in 2002 on ITV’s Pop Stars: The Rivals, having been chosen by judges Pete Waterman, Louis Walsh and Spice Girl Geri Horner.
Their first single Sound Of The Underground landed them with a Christmas number one.
They went on to achieve 20 top-ten singles and were nominated for five BRIT awards.
Cheryl especially has stayed in the spotlight over the years, due to her position as a judge on the X Factor, her tempestuous love life, and most recently her appearance in 2:22 A Ghost Story.
Back then: Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Cole pictured in 2009
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