Sarah Harding’s estranged dad tries to reconnect with his daughter

The pair haven't been in contact with each other for 17 years

Sarah Harding’s dad, John Hardam, has revealed he’s desperately trying to reconnect with his daughter, who is currently on Celebrity Big Brother.

It was reported that Sarah, 35, cut off ties from her father in 2000 after he and her mother Marie split.

Now musician John, 65, has apparently recruited a relationship counsellor to help him repair his relationship with the former Girls Aloud singer.

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John told the Daily Star: “I will love her deeply until the day I die, and I really want her to understand that.

“But she has to accept my divorce involved adult issues which at the time she was too young to understand.

“Sarah will know from her own love upsets that life isn’t always easy.”

John explained that he tried to make contact with Sarah following her incident in rehab back in 2012.

He continued: “When she had that terrible experience with an abusive man in rehab, I was devastated and upset, and couldn’t sit on the side lines.

“I called her former manager to check on her. She felt Sarah would make contact but sadly, she didn’t.”

According to reports Sarah decided to cut ties with her dad after blaming him for breaking up their family and failing to tell her that her grandfather, John’s dad, had died.

It’s been said that John has now hired family friend Louise Anderson, who helps distressed women in Sweden, to help reconcile with his daughter.

John revealed he’s been watching Sarah in the CBB house but was left distraught over what he saw accusing the show of “cruelly exploiting” her.

He told The Mirror: “Sarah’s being cruelly exploited for ratings purposes. It would be in her best interests if Celebrity Big Brother arranged for her to leave – her health is in jeopardy.

“I can’t bear to see my daughter break down and be forced to open her heart once more about her insecurities and vulnerabilities in front of cameras.

“It’s cruel TV.”

The pop star has been making headlines during her time in the house following several rows with her fellow housemates and, of course, her romance with US Bachelor star Chad Johnson.

Sarah has found herself in vicious spats with reality star Jemma Lucy and former Hollyoaks’ actor Paul Danan.

After getting involved in multiple explosive rows Sarah has become one of the biggest characters in the house.

But her saucy antics with Chad on Sunday night left viewers shocked. Their relationship went into overdrive after the pair got hot and steamy under the covers.

The couple locked lips and briefly pulled the covers over their heads to whisper to each other before pulling them back down again.

Harding’s hand was then seen on Johnson’s underwear before the camera panned away.

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During last night’s show Sarah opened up about wanting to settle down and have babies during a conversation with Chad and fellow housemate Derek Acorah.

Sarah said: “There’s so much I still want to do, so much travelling I want to do.

“I’m at that age now that I want to settle down and have a family… wouldn’t it be nice to have a family and share it all with a family.”

The star continued: “The older I get the more scared I am about the pregnancy situation.

“I just don’t want to be too old that I can’t enjoy it. I’m still a big kid in myself, it’s just my body I worry about.”

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