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24 September 2021, 16:29 | Updated: 24 September 2021, 16:52
Cheryl has cancelled her appearance at Birmingham Pride due to "tumultuous and constant" grief over the passing of Sarah Harding.
Cheryl and Sarah worked alongside one another for over a decade as members of the mega-successful girl group, Girls Aloud.
Harding lost a battle with breast cancer and passed away on September 5th, aged just 39. In the wake of the heartbreaking news, a wave of dedications made their way online.
Now, the 'Fight For This Love' singer has taken to Instagram to explain the cancellation of her next concert.
On Friday, Cheryl posted an Instagram story to tell fans that she was pulling out of her appearance at Birmingham Pride, which begins on September 25th.
In the candid post, she wrote a poignant message about her need to withdraw from the scheduled performance.
The text read: "Saying goodbye to somebody you spent such a massive piece of your life with is like nothing else.
"My heart is heavy. Grief is such a harsh experience and an absolute rollercoaster of emotions. Questions without answers and pain without resolve. So tumultuous and constant."
Cheryl went on to reveal that she was cancelling her set: "With that said I am so sorry but I really am not emotionally, mentally or physically able to perform for you this Saturday at Birmingham Pride.
"I apologise wholeheartedly and I can only hope for your understanding (I promise I will make it up to you somehow)"
She finished the heartfelt message: "I feel now I just need some time to sit with my feelings and process the grief... Nothing prepares you for this bit..."
The LGBTQ+ event also released a statement in the wake of the cancellation, stating that they were fully supportive of Cheryl's decision.
The organisation said: "Naturally we are disappointed that Cheryl is unable to perform for us all this weekend, but we fully understand and respect her decision. Personal loss and grief, in the big scheme of things, are far more important than any single performance."
The fee from the musician's performance will be donated to charities in support of LGBTQ+ individuals who are battling cancer.