The late Girls Aloud singer passed away earlier this month
Cheryl has pulled out of her headline slot at Birmingham Pride yesterday (25 September).
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The Girls Aloud singer said she was “not able to perform emotionally, physically or mentally”, citing grief over the death of former bandmate Sarah Harding, who passed away earlier this month.
In a lengthy post on her Instagram Stories page, Cheryl wrote: “12 months with such twists and turns has been a long and emotionally exhausting one and I feel like now I have to sit with my feelings and process the grief. Need some time to do this.
“say goodbye to someone” [you] With such a large part of my life spent, there is nothing like it. My heart is heavy.”
The organizers of Birmingham Pride said they were “naturally disappointed …. but we fully understand and respect his decision.”
She added that the singer’s fees would instead be donated to a cancer charity, or charities that support people living with LGBTQ+ disease. The two-day festival, which takes place over the weekend, will also include performances by Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Clean Bandit and The New York Times. Sister Sledge.
— … (@CherylsSoldier_) September 24, 2021
Harding died last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The 39-year-old shared the news with fans in August 2020, when the cancer had spread to other parts of his body.
All surviving members paid tribute to the late singer after her death, with Cheryl posting at the time: “Although we knew this day would come, I still feel the loss of words that our stunning, unique, crazy The quirky, kind and soft hearted girl is gone,” she wrote.
“As I try to navigate my way through these painfully strange and horrifyingly unfamiliar waves of disbelief and finality, I wanted to extend my condolences to all my GA fans.”
She continued: “We were like an extended family for so long and we know so many of you by name. I wanted to make sure you know how much your love and continued support means in Sarah’s most vulnerable times.
“She was so grateful and you really lifted her spirits when she needed you the most. I also realize that many people will be deeply affected by the circumstances of Sarah’s passing… I love you all so much I am sending. I love you Sara… Farewell.”