Sarah Harding is fully "committed" to performing in 'Ghost the Musical' but admits the injury she suffered on 'The Jump' is affecting her performances and has taken a "massive toll" on her "mental and physical wellbeing".
The former Girls Aloud star was forced to withdraw from her lead role as Molly halfway through the show at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on Monday night (10.10.16) but was able to return to the stage on Tuesday evening (11.10.16) to resume duties.
Sarah has now revealed she is living with "chronic pain" from rupturing a ligament in her knee in February while competing on the dangerous winter sports show but despite her injury she has no intention of quitting 'Ghost' - which is her first theatre role.
In a statement issued by Sarah, 34, to BANG Showbiz, she said: "I would like to go on the record and say since appearing in 'The Jump', I have been in constant pain with my knee injury, and as anyone in chronic pain will be able to tell you, it can take a massive toll on your mental as well as physical wellbeing. There is of course a pressure I feel to perform daily and I try to give the role of Molly in 'Ghost The Musical' my all. However, I have to say the relentless scrutiny, the trolling and the sensationalised and often fabricated stories do not make this any easier.
"This opportunity felt like a dream come true and despite it now feeling like there is a personal agenda to make me quit, I'm committed to the production, cast, crew and amazing audiences round the UK who have been nothing but kind and supportive. I have the joy of working with some incredibly talented individuals, and I still highly recommend people come and see the show to judge for themselves."
Sarah stars opposite former 'Hollyoaks' actor Andy Moss - who plays Molly's late lover Sam - in 'Ghost The Musical' which is based on the popular 1990 movie which featured Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in the lead roles.
The show moves on next to the Palace Theatre Manchester where it will run from Tuesday October 25 to Saturday October 29.
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