Kimberley Walsh says Morning Live is the best distraction after bandmate death

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Kimberley Walsh has confessed presenting Morning Live is "the best distraction" after the death of fellow Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding.

The 39-year-old hitmaker has returned to her presenting role on the hit BBC daytime show for the first time since the passing of her bandmate Sarah who passed away at the age of 39 on Sunday, 5 September.

The blonde bombshell lost her battle to breast cancer earlier this month after she was diagnosed with the deadly illness in August 2020.

Now her close pal Kimberley has returned to TV in order to keep herself busy while she grieves the loss of her friend.

As the new mum joined Welsh heartthrob Gethin Jones on the sofa on Wednesday, the star discussed how she has been coping with the loss of Sarah just months after the birth of her son, Nate.

Gethin approached the topic with sensitivity, as he began: "You were booked in with us at the start of the month, weren't you?

"But unfortunately the tragic news about Sarah Harding, your bandmate from Girls Aloud and of course a really close friend, meant that you had a couple of weeks off to sort it out and get your head around it."

To which she choked up as she replied: "It's been a really, really tough few weeks and, you know, it's still tough but I needed to just take that bit of time.

"It's nice to be out though, and I'm really happy to be here and it's the best distraction, so, yeah, I'm looking forward to it."

When the news first broke of the star's passing, Kimberley was one of the first members of the group to share a touching tribute to her late friend online.

Alongside a series of throwback snaps, the singer penned: "Beautiful Sarah this hurts so bad. To wake up and know that you are really gone is too much to bear.

"Hearing your infectious chuckle was one of my favourite things in the world. Your fire burned so bright and you loved, lived and laughed so hard.

"Sending love and strength to everyone who is grieving today. My heart is broken," she added.

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  • Kimberley Walsh
  • Sarah Harding
  • Girls Aloud
  • BBC

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