Kimberley Walsh struggled to share pregnancy news with Sarah Harding | entertainment

Kimberley Walsh couldn’t tell Sarah Harding about her third pregnancy because she didn’t want to cause her any more ‘pain’ as she battled cancer.

The 40-year-old beauty found out that she and husband Justin Scott were expecting another baby in September 2020, just a month after her former Girls Aloud bandmate – who died in September 2021 at the age of 39 – announced that she was suffer from advanced breast cancer.

Though she knew it was “weird” hiding the happy news from her friend, she thought it was for the best at the time because Sarah knew her chemotherapy would keep her from raising a family of her own naturally.

Speaking to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s ‘Spinning Plates’ podcast, Kimberley got emotional as she said: “It was in some ways the most terrifying time for me personally because I think it was just after I found out that she was ill , I got pregnant again and almost didn’t want to tell her.

“I get very emotional just thinking about it. In fact, I kind of knew she wasn’t going to have kids – she won’t be able to – and she kept asking me about the boys.

“And I haven’t told her for a while. And I knew it was weird because I was like, ‘I should call her and tell her like it’s amazing news.’

“And I was just processing it and I think I was just like, ‘No, I can’t tell her right now.’ “

But Sarah eventually found out, and while Kimberley — who is now a mother to sons Bobby, six, Cole, four, and 15-month-old Nate — was “embarrassed” when her friend brought up the issue, she was relieved that it was all out was outdoors.

She continued, laughing, “Sarah, who is Sarah, just called me and she said, ‘Ay, I just saw you have another one, are you alright?’

“And I said, ‘Yeah, I know, I’m sorry,’ and I was so embarrassed that I didn’t call her, but I couldn’t take another moment of causing her pain.

“But she was just amazing. She said, ‘My mom just saw a picture of you, I can’t believe you’re pregnant again.’

“So I FaceTimed her. We had a long talk and I felt so much better.”

Kimberley praised the strength Sarah showed during her illness, particularly when it came to speaking about her awareness that she would never conceive.

She said: “She was incredibly strong. It just blew my mind because honestly being in the band I don’t know if I really saw the strength the way I saw all her vulnerabilities and all the other sides of her.

“And I don’t know if I ever gave her credit for the strength that she had, because when it actually came down to it, it was overwhelming.

“She was amazing and she spoke to me about it – about the fact that she wasn’t going to have children and we were really honest about it.

“‘When she finally came down and met the baby and spent some time with the boys, she really loved it and asked all these questions. It broke me completely. But I’m so, so grateful that I had that time and the kids had that time.”

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