Kimberley Walsh reflects on ‘tough weeks’ following Sarah Harding’s death on Morning Live

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Singer Kimberley Walsh returned to TV as she joined Gethin Jones on the sofa on Morning Live for the first time since her bandmate Sarah Harding died.

The star confessed that presenting the programme was the 'best distraction' for her since she got the tragic news.

Her Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding died from breast cancer at the age of 39 on Sunday 5th September.

Sarah was diagnosed with the illness back in August 2020.

Kimberley has gone back to her TV role to keep herself busy while she grieves the loss of her friend.

The new mum joined Gethin Jones on the sofa on Wednesday and she discussed how she has been coping with the loss of Sarah which occurred just months after the birth of her son Nate.

Gethin approached the sensitive topic and said: "You were booked in with us at the start of the month, weren't you?

"But unfortunately the tragic news about Sarah Harding, your bandmate from Girls Aloud and of course a really close friend, meant that you had a couple of weeks off to sort it out and get your head around it."

Kimberly got choked up and said: "It's been a really, really tough few weeks and, you know, it's still tough but I needed to just take that bit of time.

"It's nice to be out though, and I'm really happy to be here and it's the best distraction, so, yeah, I'm looking forward to it."

Kimberley was one of the first people to share atributeonce the news broke about Sarah.

Along with some old photos she posted on Instagram she said: "Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear.

"Hearing your infectious chuckle was one of my favourite things in the world. Your fire burned so bright and you loved, lived and laughed so hard.

"Sending love and strength to everyone who is grieving today. My heart is broken."

As well as posting a tribute when the news broke, fellow bandmate Nadine Coyle posted a tribute a week after Sarah's death that said: "One week without you!! Thinking of you all day everyday & trying to imagine how your new journey is going. Please feel free to come visit me anytime.

"I know lots of people will want some Sarah spirit time so I can wait my turn. I hope you now know how much you are loved & how you impacted so many lives by being wholeheartedly yourself. Always an inspiration, always a shining light & always my friend!!"

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