Nadine Coyle breaks down in tears remembering Sarah Harding in devastating video

Nadine Coyle remembered happier times with Sarah Harding as she celebrated Easter away from home (Picture:Getty / TikTok @nadinecoyletiktok

Nadine Coyle was reduced to tears recalling a happy memory of the late Sarah Harding in a new video.

The Girls Aloud star was celebrating Easter when she recorded herself telling a story as she was reminded of an old adventure with her former bandmate.

Harding died in 2021 aged just 39 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, leaving her bandmates Nadine, Cheryl, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts devastated.

The group are now preparing to set off on a reunion tour without their late bandmate, and emotions were running high as Nadine recalled a sweet memory on Sunday, eventually breaking down in tears as she told the story.

Sitting outside in a garden, Nadine revealed she was currently on a trip to Japan and had been reminded of the first time she ever went to LA — on Easter Sunday, with ‘the beautiful Sarah Harding’.

‘I’m going to try to get through this without crying,’ she began. ‘Because I wasn’t expecting this at all.’

Harding died from breast cancer in 2021 leading to an outpouring of grief (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)
The musician struggled through the story as the grief hit hard (Picture: TikTok @nadinecoyletiktok)

‘We were sent to LA to record Wicked Game,’ she said, saying she and Harding were ‘beside ourselves with excitement.’

On Easter Sunday she and Harding marked the day with a trip to Santa Monica pier and headed to a taco restaurant, and as Nadine was just 19 and unable to buy alcohol in the US, ‘Sarah went and got us a margarita’.

‘It was Easter Sunday. Usually we would be with family but here we are in LA on an Easter Sunday drinking margaritas together.’

Recording from Japan, she went on: ‘Now here I am, again, gone on an Easter Sunday. Not drinking a margarita but drinking a Prosecco! And I’m just thinking about her. Thinking about that day, thinking about that time.’

At this point Nadine became visibly emotional, her eyes filling with tears as she sniffled and looked up at the sky.

Nadine said so many great memories came from that one trip with Harding (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

She revealed that she and Harding then extended their trip to Las Vegas, with Harding meeting her boyfriend and Nadine meeting her father — and Harding missed the flight back to London.

‘I was sitting on the flight and waiting for her to arrive and no Sarah, no Sarah. They closed the plane doors and I was like, “OK she’s going to miss this flight back to London.” And she did.’

The very next day Girls Aloud had a show in Rotterdam, with the group’s tour manager Drew going above and beyond to try and ensure Harding got to the show on time.

Nadine, her voice cracking with emotion, added that Drew was ‘someone else that isn’t with us anymore,’ and recalled how he got Harding to the venue just as they were doing sound check.

Nadine has beautiful memories of the early days of Girls Aloud (Picture: Getty Images)
Her eyes shone as she recalled the memory (Picture: TikTok @nadinecoyletiktok)

‘I’m thinking about her today. And Drew. And sending loads of love to everybody that’s missing somebody that’s feeling it and experiencing a rough time this Easter.’

Tears spilled down Nadine’s cheeks as she insisted ‘I didn’t mean for this at all.

‘I’m just sending loads and loads and loads of love, all the good memories all the great times we had.’

Addressing her followers, she added ‘I hope ye all have alovely Easter and sending loads of love to all your loved ones. And wishing ye all the very best.’

Fans were left devastated by the vulnerable video, with TikTok user Anthony writing ‘thank you for sharing this story with us. I didn’t realise Drew was no longer with us either. It’s wonderful to hear you speak about Sarah, your love for her shines through so brightly.’

The remaining members are heading off on tour and considering what to do with Harding’s parts of the songs in tribute (Picture: Getty)
She sent her love toa anyone experiencing grief over the holiday (Picture: TikTok @nadinecoyletiktok)

Lester said he was ‘sobbing’ from the video, and Kieran praised the ‘beautiful’ memory, which also featured in Harding’s memoir Hear Me Out.

And user Blue’s Pop Culture said: ‘A beautiful story Nadine, thank you so much for sharing, sending so much love.’

The iconic 2000s girl band were all set to reunite for their 20th anniversary, but Harding – who was said to be really up for it – became ill, and plans were naturally stalled.

Harding died in 2021 with her bandmates still struggling with grief (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

Although heartbroken, the women – now all in their late thirties and early forties – are going to soldier on in her absence, and dedicate their upcoming shows, kicking off in June 2024, to Harding. 

The remaining members talked about the old times and what’s to come on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, and were asked how they would tackle Harding’s parts of their iconic songs.

Cheryl said there are ‘big moments that are very apparently Sarah, very iconically her.’

Kimberly agreed: ‘With her mum’s blessing, I think we’d rather let her voice play – but this is just how I feel.

‘We’ll have these conversations and make sure everyone’s happy, but some bits… I don’t know if any of us could [sing them].’

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