Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Harding 'can cope' with driving ban

Sarah Harding said her boyfriend has been driving her around

Sarah Harding has said she can cope with her driving ban - because it's only for six months.

The former Girls Aloud star was given the penalty for using her mobile phone while driving, despite her lawyer reportedly saying she would be "constantly harangued" on public transport.

The Daily Mirror said Sarah - who was launching her involvement with the charity Coming Home, which raises money to buy and adapt homes for injured troops - said: "Within the last year, I got the Tube after a food market, from the South Bank.

"I've never said I'm not a normal person. I've got no problem with that. Or, I'm jumping in black cabs all the time. Though I haven't got the bus in a while."

Sarah said of her boyfriend Mark Foster: "Mark's been a great chauffeur. And it's only for six months, I can cope."

The 31-year-old has also said she is focusing on her solo music career since the ban.

"I'm in the studio this week... and I record at home as well. I've been doing a lot of writing and reflecting and I find it quite cathartic as well so it's really good. I like writing because I find it more personal," she said.

In a statement released after her appearance at Highbury Magistrates' court earlier this month, Sarah said she had learned her lesson.

"I made a mistake by using my phone whilst driving, but I was lucky. I accept the court's penalty but it could have been a lot worse. I have learned my lesson," the singer said.

As the ambassador for Coming Home, sister charity to Help For Heroes, she said: "I was quite envious that Cheryl (Cole) managed to entertain the troops out there. I'd like to see what they do in more detail and get more involved."

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