Girls Aloud star Cheryl reveals personal reason behind reunion tour

Ahead of the eagerly-awaited launch of the Girls Aloud tour, local favourite Cheryl shared the personal reason that swayed her towards the big reunion.

The Newcastle-born star and her bandmates Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh made a huge impact on Friday night when the first show in their UK-wide reunion tour kicked off in Dublin. Appearing for the first time as a foursome, they included an emotional tribute to their late bandmate Sarah Harding in their big moment, with a moving video montage and message reading 'the darkest nights produce the brightest stars'.

Before taking to the stage, Cheryl revealed why she had decided to hit the road with Girls Aloud again, reports The Mirror. The 40-year-old star, who has a son with former One Direction's Liam Payne, explained that now she, Nadine and Kimberley are all mothers, she wanted to show their children the reason behind their fame.

And, according to Cheryl, with them all set to give their first performance in 11 years to a 13,000-strong crowd, their kids were beyond excited to see their mothers on stage, said the report. It adds that, speaking about her reason to join the reunion tour, Cheryl told The Sun: "I think one of our ­driving forces is that our kids are going to see us on stage and think we’re actually cool.

"They’re going to see Mammy on stage!" But that is not the only reason and the group were keen to do Sarah justice and bring back memories for fans.

Cheryl added: "I want us to bring back happy memories for people. I love listening to music that transports me to the way I felt at a different time, and I think Girls Aloud are that band for a lot of people."

She recalled how Sarah had stayed with her for a week, throwing around ideas to celebrate 20 years of the girl group. Bandmate Kimberley added: "One of our main aims on this tour is to do Sarah justice and give us and our fans that moment to celebrate her.

"I think they need it - I think we all need it." The band split in 2013 after 21 Top 10 hits including chart-topper debut Sound Of the Underground. Kimberley said: "I think I’m only realising now just how much our music means to people. I get so many different kinds of people approaching me to say our songs hold special memories for them."

The arena tour continues through to the end of June then Girls Aloud will headline at Brighton Pride in August.