Sarah explores her ‘light and dark’ side on songs with Jethro Sheeran
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Sarah explores her ‘light and dark’ side on songs with Jethro Sheeran

Sarah Harding has written six songs with Jethro Sheeran that reflect the “light and dark” moments of her life.

The 35-year-old singer – who recently starred in the touring production of ‘Ghost: The Musical’ – has been working on new solo material to reflect her transition from being a young pop in chart-topping group Girls Aloud to the woman she is today.

And Sarah has been in the studio with rumoured romantic interest Jethro – the cousin of Ed Sheeran who is known in the music industry as ‘Alonestar’ – and the pair have created several tracks together for her potential LP and he has been very impressed with her talents in the studio.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, Jethro, 31, spilled: “Yeah me and Sarah have written three songs together. It’s about being the underdog. The passion she has for music, the situation she’s been in and just the darkness. This Isoface Light I call it – an equal amount of light and dark and we both kind of seem to do [experience] that. A lighthouse, as the ship [approaches] it has an equal amount of light and dark, so it’s called an Isophase Light. So that’s kind of the whole thing, it’s three tracks, where we’ve actually done six but three we want to work on. Three were dark and three were light.”

Girls Aloud took a break in 2009 with each of the five members – Sarah, Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts – choosing to use the hiatus to explore solo ventures.

Sarah kick-started her acting career, appearing in ‘Bad Day’, BBC film ‘Freefall, Run for Your Wife’ and ‘St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold’ for which she wrote three solo songs to the film’s soundtrack.

In 2011, she checked in to rehab to be treated for depression and alcohol and prescription drug abuse before reuniting with Girls Aloud in 2012 to celebrate their tenth anniversary together before the band split for good in early 2013.

Jethro insists Sarah’s many life experiences are shaping her new sound and, in particular, her deeply personal lyrics.

He said: “It’s all character building that’s why I like her. She’s real and that’s what I like in an artist and when she sings it she balls it out and the words really come from within. If I wrote any old pop throwaway song, it wouldn’t be believable.

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Nicola on New York Hijabis
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Nicola on New York Hijabis

Having met in 2015 whilst making the Radio 1 documentary ‘High Street Hijabis’, former Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts and YouTube vlogger Nabiilabee return to investigate what it means to be a Muslim woman who wants to dress modestly but fashionably in Trump’s America.

With exclusive backstage access to Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan’s 2017 New York Fashion Week Show, which featured an all hijabi model line-up on the catwalk and immigrant models, this timely documentary shines a light on an industry that by 2019 is estimated to be worth $327 billion.

New York Hijabis’ also meets with designers, journalists, activists, modelling agents and social media influencers to better understand the scene and explore the differences between the industry in the US and UK.

Amidst President Trump’s two failed travel bans, what is it like to be a Muslim in America right now and what effect has President Trump’s political rhetoric had on the modest fashion industry? Especially when contrasted against the idea that modest fashion seeks to empower Muslim females who wish to dress modestly and fashionably.

You can watch the 30 minute film on the BBC website (UK only!) here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04vjckl/new-york-hijabis

The full 60 minute audio will be aired on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday 11th April at 9pm.

Sarah in this weeks OK magazine – New photoshoot!
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Sarah in this weeks OK magazine – New photoshoot!

Sarah appears in this weeks OK magazine.

Along with a new photoshoot, she talks about Cheryl’s baby news, the rubbish written about her and her knee injury.

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Magazine Scans > 2017 > OK – 11th April

Photo Shoots > 2017 > Sarah Harding > Lorna Roach – OK Magazine

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Taking Cole on his first flight – Kimberley’s Blog

I took Cole on his first flight last week. I was working on a new project that I’ll be announcing in May and had to travel to Belfast for a few days. I took my mum along with me to look after Cole and Bobby stayed at home with Justin. I was only away for two nights but I was actually anxious about leaving Bobby because I’ve actually never left him for that long before. I got very emotional as I left and Bobby was absolutely fine, bless him. He just said “Don’t cry mummy, be back soon” and that was that. Of course I was glad he wasn’t bothered about me going, he had a lovely time with his Dad while we were away.

It’s always daunting flying with a baby but it’s another thing that bothered me a lot less as he’s my second and I know what to expect. Cole was such a little star we didn’t hear a peep out of him the whole way there and back. He slept and fed on both flights and slept through most of the car journeys too so I’m glad I didn’t worry. Having said that, he’s full of cold at the moment and coughing so there wasn’t much sleep going on in the night. That was hard as I was then having to work during the day. Not a lot you can do though so I just put some eye masks on and survived on large amounts of coffee and sugar!

On my trip to Belfast I used a new car seat/pushchair called a Doona which was an absolutel game changer for travelling with a baby. It’s an all-in-one car seat that can change into a pushchair. It’s amazing because you always worry about being able to get decent car seats when you’re travelling in taxis and this takes that worry out of the equation. It also means getting the baby in and out of a pushchair and car seat so many times as they can stay in it when you collapse it into a car seat. You can also take it right up to the gate of the aeroplane as it’s in one piece which is great! Definitely worth investing in if you go on holiday lots or to make the school run a lot easier in the mornings!

My little sister Amy turned 30 last week. This was a big milestone in our family as she’s the last of four siblings. We arranged a surprise family birthday party for her on the Sunday before her birthday and she was totally shocked! We had the party at my older sister Sally’s and fooled her into thinking she was just calling in to see my mum for Mother’s Day. She burst in to tears the minute we all jumped out to surprise her, she had absolutely no idea. She was so happy as she works up north now in Emmerdale so she wouldn’t have got to see her nephews for a few weeks if we hadn’t planned the surprise and hates not seeing them. She loved all her presents and I made her a chocolate overload birthday cake which she loved too. I love it when a surprise party goes to plan!

Mother’s Day, my first as a mother to two, took a back seat this year but I still got a lovely breakfast in bed and sleep in from my boys and some gorgeous flowers. It was lovely to spend it with all my family too, 3 of us are mothers now, so it worked out perfectly.

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[VIDEO] Interview with Nadine for Specsavers

Nadine Coyle first hit our screens as a young hopeful on the television talent show Popstars: The Rivals, where she won a place in Girls Aloud – the multi-platinum, multi-award-winning girl group with hits including Sound of the Underground and Something Kinda Oooh.

This year sees Nadine celebrate her 15th anniversary in the industry. She is currently in the studio with new music due to be released later this year. Nadine is also marking 2017 with an impassioned commitment as our new Spectacle Wearer of the Year ambassador. We stole the Derry-born beauty away for a quick chat during a fabulous photoshoot to promote the annual charity competition.

How long have you worn glasses? About a year. I started getting headaches while I was driving, and both my mum and my partner Jason (former American footballer and father to their daughter Anaiya, three) said that I should have my eyes tested.

How have you adapted to wearing glasses? I love it. I have always loved wearing sunglasses. so it feels very natural.

How do glasses fit with your lifestyle? Really easily. I like to have neutral tone glasses that can go with anything. Now when I leave the house, it’s keys, phone, purse, lip balm and glasses!

How would you describe your style? My style is classic but depending on what I am up to, I will add a touch of glamour for a night out. When I go through my wardrobe, I can see how much my style has changed and evolved over the years. I am now more aware of things that suit me rather than falling for the hottest new trend.

What are your top style tips? Wear what you feel comfortable in and what brings out your personal style. That way you will feel more confident.

How important is the charity element for you? It is so important! Kidscape is a fantastic charity and the fact that it receives £1 for each entry is just tremendous. Kidscape works tirelessly to help prevent bullying and I believe that all children should be able to grow up without fearing bullies or abuse.

How do you feel about being this year’s Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year ambassador? It’s such an honour, I am so proud! I attended last year’s event and received an award for Best Newcomer. It’s a great feel-good campaign and the awards evening is a spec-tacular, fun event!

Nadine announced as Spectacle Wearer of the Year ambassador
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Nadine announced as Spectacle Wearer of the Year ambassador

Nadine Coyle shows off her ‘specs’ appeal – as she launches the Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017.

The former Girls Aloud star, 31, is urging glasses wearers to enter a competition to find the public Spectacle Wearer of the Year run by the high street opticians. Finalists will attend a star-studded awards ceremony in London, with one overall victor claiming the coveted title and £10,000.

Nadine said: “I realised I needed glasses to drive and read last year, and I’ve been building up my specs wardrobe ever since. I’ve been experimenting with some unique new optical styles, such as cat’s eyes and transparent frames. I can’t believe what I’ve been missing for all these years!

“I was thrilled to win the newcomer award last year, so it’s a real honour to launch the search to find the 2017 Spectacle Wearer of the Year.”

The competition has raised more than £400,000 for anti-bullying charity Kidscape over the past six years.

The competition has five age categories – 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and over 60s – plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public.

£1 will be donated to Kidscape for each entry made.

Wearers can enter the competition online at specsavers.co.uk until July 2nd.

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