SARAH Harding has told how she was "left black and blue" as she looks back at a fight with her ex-lover Theo De Vries.
The 39-year-old singer, who has advanced breast cancer, has reflected on some of the most painful moments of her life in her tell-all autobiography Hear Me Out.
"The fight that left me black and blue with a suspected arm fracture was well-documented in the press," she writes in her new book.
At the time, Sarah showed her battered body to The Sun —and gave her account of a brutal hotel fight with her boyfriend on New Year's Eve 2011.
Meanwhile, Theo told the Mirror it was Sarah who had attacked him after she dumped him.
Now Sarah has recalled how Theo held her by the throat during their bitter bust-up in Innsbruck, Austria.
And how she was left "dazed, bloody and bruised" after their post-Christmas skiing holiday.
Sarah and Theo fell madly in love with each other after meeting in rehab in South Africa.
The Dutch man recovering from addiction stole her heart — and Sarah tells how she "mistakenly thought" their bond made in rehab would survive in the outside world.
As their romance soured, Sarah cut their holiday short and dumped Theo but her flight home was cancelled and so she was forced to return to their hotel room.
"The scene that followed was monumental," she writes.
"While I struggled, Theo had me by the neck, on the floor, so I kicked him to get him off me.
"After that, it escalated into a full-scale fight.
"It was horrible. My head smashed on the floor, my arm shut in the bathroom door, and blood smeared my face.
"I screamed for help, but with the sound of celebratory New Year’s Eve fireworks going off everywhere, nobody heard me.
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"It culminated in me being forced outside and down the stairs."
Sarah was discovered by a kind Swedish couple who took pity on her and she was rushed to hospital by police.
Sarah Harding's book Hear Me Out is on sale now.
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