Sarah Harding has released a statement amid increasing concerns about her wellbeing. The 34-year-old star was unable to complete her performance as Molly in Monday night's production of the Ghost musical, and has now addressed claims that she "slurred and fluffed her lines" on the night.
Revealing that she has been "in chronic pain" since suffering an injury during her appearance on Channel 4's The Jump in February, Sarah told the Mirror: "I would like to go on the record and say since appearing in The Jump, I have been in constant pain with my knee injury, and as anyone in chronic pain will be able to tell you, it can take a massive toll on your mental as well as physical wellbeing.
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Sarah Harding has released a statement amid concerns for her welfare
"There is of course a pressure I feel to perform daily and I try to give the role of Molly in Ghost the Musical my all.
"However, I have to say the relentless media scrutiny, the trolling, the sensationalised and often fabricated stories do not make this any easier."
She continued: "This opportunity felt like a dream come true and despite it now feeling like some publications have a personal agenda to make me quit, I'm committed to the production, cast, crew and amazing audiences round the UK who have been nothing but kind and supportive.
Sarah has been starring as Molly in Ghost the Musical, alongside actor Andrew Moss
"I have the joy of working with some incredibly talented individuals, and I still highly recommend people come and see the show to judge for themselves."
It comes after Sarah was forced to pull out of the role with an upper respiratory tract infection last month, just a few days after making her debut. Her co-star Andy Moss spoke out in her defence, saying: "Full respect to Sarah – she's come from a singing background, and she's had to learn everything we knew acting-wise in that short time.
"She was giving 100 per cent in rehearsals, which led to her getting run down just as we were opening. But the company's amazing – we all get on great, and we just pulled together. Kelly Hampson, the understudy, was brilliant too."