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Bake Off viewers were left in tears over Nadine Coyle’s emotional reference to Sarah Harding’s cancer battle

Nadine appeared on the Stand Up 2 Cancer special

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Great British Bake Off viewers were in tears after Nadine Coyle hinted she was baking in tribute to Sarah Harding who was battling cancer when she appeared on the show in April this year.

The celebrity series was in aid of Stand Up to Cancer, and Girls Aloud singer Sarah, who died yesterday aged 39, had terminal breast cancer.

Nadine, 35, was asked by host Matt Lucas, 47, if she’d been personally affected by the illness.

Read more: Sarah Harding tribute: ‘We mourn someone who had so many dreams to fulfil’

The singer replied: “Absolutely. I have a very close friend who is suffering from cancer at the minute.”

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Nadine Coyle opened up to Matt Lucas (Credit: Channel 4)

What did Nadine say to Matt?

Matt added that he was pleased she was raising awareness for the cause.

Nadine continued: “Absolutely, because it’s terrifying. You look at the statistics, the more research there is and the more money and funding there is to do that, the better people’s odds are.

Read more: Cheryl’s heartbreaking admission amidst Sarah Harding’s cancer battle

“You never know when the next big breakthrough is going to happen.”

Finally, the star appeared to be fighting back tears when she added: “Hopefully very soon.”

Viewers took to Twitter after the episode aired to share their heartbreak and predicted that Nadine was definitely talking about Sarah.

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Sarah Harding has terminal breast cancer (Credit: SplashNews)

One viewer tweeted: “I’m just so proud of Nadine for doing this, I can’t imagine how hard it was to talk about Sarah and have her in the forefront of her mind the whole time. I’m so happy she’s been able to do this and support her.”

While another viewer commented: “Nadine talking about Sarah Harding. You can see how upset she is. #GBBO.”

And a third viewer shared: “I want to hug Nadine, even just the slightest mention of Sarah has me almost crying so I can’t imagine how they all feel.”

A fourth user expressed: “Just cried at Nadine talking about Sarah #GBBO.”

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Girls Aloud performing back in 2013 (Credit: SplashNews)

When was Sarah Harding diagnosed with cancer?

Sarah revealed she had terminal stage 4 cancer last August.

Since then she published her autobiography, Hear Me Out, and provided fans with several heartbreaking updates.

Girls Aloud stars pay tribute to Sarah Harding

Nadine was the first of the band to speak publicly, writing: “I am absolutely devastated!!

“I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!!

“I know so many of you will be feeling this way. For now I’m sending so much love to you!!!”

Nicola Roberts wrote yesterday: “I’m absolutely devastated and I can’t accept that this day has come.

“A part of me or us isn’t here anymore and it’s unthinkable and painful and utterly cruel. She would have loved your messages today.”

She concluded with a touching message to Sarah, writing: “Electric girl, you made us. You gave it everything and still with a smile. A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew, it must have been you.”

Kimberley Walsh posted this morning: “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 💔.”

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