Sarah Harding feared Girls Aloud bandmates wanted somebody else during Popstars

Girls Aloud formed almost twenty-years-ago on the now decommissioned talent show, Popstars: The Rivals, which launched the group to become the biggest girl band of their time.

Despite winning a place in the music defining group thanks to the public vote, Sarah Harding has revealed that she believed her bandmates had hoped for somebody else to take her place.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas 2002, six girls and six guys battled it out to win a place in two groups, now known as Girls Aloud, or the boy band, One True Voice.

Sarah, 39, managed to win the last spot in Girls Aloud, with now-retired singer Javine Hylton being faced with the ultimate blow.

However, despite her killer vocals and rocky edge making her a stand out, the Threads songstress has revealed she didn't always have a lot of confidence in her bandmates opinion of her.

In her debut autobiography, Hear Me Out, which is released today, Sarah recalls the moment her tears started to run down her face as she stood alongside Hylton and Popstars host, Davina McCall.

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She says: "To be honest, some of my tears were because I wasn't sure all the rest of the girls were so happy with the choice.

"I know we all feel very different about it now, and that the girls are delighted the way things turned out, but at the time it felt like they would have preferred Javine to complete the line-up, simply because some of them had become good mates with her."

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Despite her initial doubts, Sarah and her bandmates, Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle and Kimberley Walsh went on to have one of the best relationships in pop music, with the girls claiming they have never had an argument.

After forming, they went on to enjoy a career spanning ten years, performing across the world for fans and even being asked by Chris Martin to open for Coldplay at Wembley Stadium.

The five pop princesses went on to sell over 4.3 million singles and 4 million albums in the UK alone, racking up four number-one singles and five platinum-selling studio albums.

As the group approach their twentieth anniversary, Sarah revealed in Hear Me Out that all five members had met up for the first time in eight years, following their split in 2013.

Sarah Harding – Hear Me Out

  • However, the reunion was not what was expected, with the girls rallying around Sarah, who is currently battling terminal cancer.

    Daily Star revealed on Tuesday that the tumours in Sarah's lungs and brain had reduced in size following successful treatment, but she was not sure what that would mean for her.

    Harding announced in August 2020 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer that had furiously spread to other parts of her body, before revealing in her book that she may not see another Christmas.

    Hear Me Out, by Sarah Harding is available to purchase now.

    If you or those around you have been affected by this story, you can call the MacMillan Cancer Support line on 0808 808 00 00.

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