Sarah Harding's estranged dad John wants to give her away at her wedding

As she prepares for her big day, Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding is no doubt up to her eyes planning her showbiz wedding.

But there’s one thing Sarah‘s definite about: her dad will not be giving her away.

In fact, her estranged father John HardmanSarah changed her name to Harding – hasn’t even been invited and he exclusively tells Now he’s absolutely gutted.

‘I would love to heal the rift between us and go to the ceremony,’ says John, who lives in Wales.

‘I’ve tried with Sarah but she always digs in her heels.

‘I’m so upset I won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.’

Sarah, 29, is due to marry her long-term boyfriend DJ Tom Crane, also 29, this summer.

She’s made no secret of her anger at John, who left her mum Marie for a woman called Kate who’s just two years older than Sarah.

In fact, last month Sarah openly said her dad was dead to me’, adding: I have no place in my life for someone like that.

‘He’s a very selfish man and, as far as I’m concerned, he’s gone.’

John went on to marry Kate and they’re still together and have a son, but he says that doesn’t make a difference to Sarah.

‘I’ve made mistakes but I think we should’ve got over them by now,’ says John.

‘My marriage was over long before I met Kate, but she’s loyal to her mum.’

Read the full story about Sarah Harding and her dad in Now magazine dated 9 May 2011 – out now!

Now cover 9 May 2011

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