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Grief Westlife's Nicky Byrne reveals how Sarah Harding’s death 'devastated' Nadine Coyle

Nadine was working with Nicky on the show Last Singer Standing when she learned Harding had died

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Sarah and Nadine in band days

Sarah and Nadine in band days

Sarah and Nadine in band days

Westlife star Nicky Byrne has told how Nadine Coyle was “devastated” to learn of Sarah Harding’s death while working on a new TV show.

Nadine was working with Nicky on the show Last Singer Standing when she learned that her Girls Aloud Bandmate had died following a terminal cancer diagnosis. 

“It was a difficult week filming, especially for Nadine. Sarah sadly passed away while we were ­recording and Nadine was obviously devastated. It was such a sad time,” he told The Sun on Sunday.

“Nadine was unbelievable, though. It was so tough for her but she was so professional. It was one of those times when everyone tried to give her space to grieve but at the same time be there for her.”

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Last Singer Standing panellists Joey Fatone, Nadine Coyle, Samantha Mumba and host Nicky Byrne.

Last Singer Standing panellists Joey Fatone, Nadine Coyle, Samantha Mumba and host Nicky Byrne.

Last Singer Standing panellists Joey Fatone, Nadine Coyle, Samantha Mumba and host Nicky Byrne.

Nadine had previously shared her grief at the loss of her friend on Instagram. “I am absolutely devastated!!” she wrote. “I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!! I know so many of you will be feeling this way. For now I’m sending so much love to you!!!!”

Girls Aloud had been planning a reunion tour to mark their 20th anniversary next year, but those plans have now been put on hold.

Harding revealed in August of last year that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and that the disease had spread to other parts of her body.

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In March this year, she told how doctors had told her this Christmas would probably be her last.

Harding first found fame as a contestant on Popstars: The Rivals - a talent show which aimed to find both a new girl band and boy band.

She made it to the final and gained the final spot in the group which became Girls Aloud along with Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole.

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