Is new mum Cheryl standing in the way of 15th anniversary celebrations?
Their 10th anniversary tour earned them a cool £8 million, so it seems strange that Girls Aloud aren’t planning to reunite to mark 15 years since finding fame on Popstars: The Rivals. Cheryl Cole , Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle were the UK’s bestselling girl group of the 21st century, but Now understands one member is stopping the others from celebrating their success.
Cheryl has carved out a lucrative career as a TV personality and clocked up five UK No 1 singles – the only British female solo artist to do so. A source close to the girls says: ‘Cheryl told Kimberley she’s not even considering reforming Girls Aloud. She thinks it’s all a bit “The Big Reunion” and cringe.
‘Just like Victoria Beckham and the Spice Girls, the band is a part of Cheryl’s history she’s in no rush to revisit and after having her baby boy [with Liam Payne] she’s taking at least six months off work.’
Kimberley, 35, is one of 33-year-old Cheryl’s closest friends, so the chance to work together again should be a good thing. But the former X Factor judge’s reluctance to reform the band is throwing a spanner in the works.
We’re told Kimberley understands Cheryl’s arguably the most famous member of the group and it would be pointless reforming without her.
‘Kimberly knows how Cheryl is feeling right now,’ our source adds. ‘She doesn’t want to put pressure on her during this already stressful time, as much as she’d love to reform the band.’
And it’s not like Sarah, 35, and Nadine, 31, aren’t up for it. Their Twitter feeds are full of throwbacks to Girls Aloud’s heyday, and both have spoken about reuniting one day.
Sarah revealed: ‘I’d love the chance to do something again. A lot of our fans would love us to come back.’ While Nadine has said: ‘Why not? I would never rule it out.’
Something tells us we’ll be waiting some time before these girls are all on the same stage again…