Sarah Harding splits from manager ahead of Irish show as fears grow for her wellbeing
Fears are growing for the wellbeing of Sarah Harding following the news that she has split from her manager Dan Parker.
According to reports in the Telegraph, the former Girls Aloud singer severed ties with Parker, shortly before she was due on stage to perform in Ghost the Musical at Blackpool Opera House.
Harding was a cause for concern when she reportedly “slurred and fluffed her lines” and messed up the show’s famous clay moulding scene, earlier in the week.
Any connection to alcohol has been denied.
Her spokesman told the Telegraph: “Sarah is not dependent on alcohol and can control what she consumes.”
It's understood that the 34-year-old star had taken powerful painkillers for a knee injury while in the middle of touring with the play.
She is also said to be upset by the re-appearance of her estranged father, John Hardman, who turned up just before the show.
According to reports in The Sun, her dad was in the audience and sent her a note before the show, sending her into meltdown.
“She couldn’t cope with his presence and was taken off stage.
“Sarah is also worried sick about her cousin who has a brain tumour.
“Everything is getting too much for her but she continues to plough on, desperately trying to convince her critics she’s the real deal.”
She plays the lead female role of Molly, the part originally made famous by Demi Moore in the Hollywood movie.
But her understudy, Kelly Hampson, had to step into her shoes during her performance in Blackpool's Winter Gardens on Monday night.
Harding was only able to perform for half the night before Kelly had to take over the part.
Harding was replaced after an extra-long interval of around 40 minutes with an announcement to the audience that the actress had become "indisposed".
Scores of disgruntled fans took to social media to express their disappointment that the singer hadn't been able to perform on the night, given that she's the big-name star in the show.
In a statement from the production company, they said that Harding had to "unexpectedly withdraw" from the show and was back on the following night.
"We are very grateful to Monday's audience for being so supportive and understanding, including for the kind comments received for both Sarah and Kelly," it read.
Sarah herself took to her Twitter account to defend herself in the midst of speculation about her health on Tuesday evening.
"Some people should learn to get their facts right before making assumptions," she said.
The show runs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from November 8 to 12. When asked what kind of performance Irish ticketholders could expect from Harding, given what happened in the UK this week, a spokesperson for the venue declined to comment.
However, it's understood that it's a case of 'the show must go on' when it comes to her Irish appearance.