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Girls Aloud bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts soak up the sun together in Sardinia

They became friends 17 years ago in 2002 when they were noticed on Popstars: The Rivals and propelled to fame in girlband Girls Aloud. 

And, Kimberley Walsh, 37, and Nicola Roberts, 33, showcased their gym-honed physiques in eye-catching bikinis as they soaked up the sunshine during a girls’ holiday in Sardinia, Italy over the weekend.

The best friends relaxed by the pool of the Hotel Cala di Volpe, before heading to the beach in Porto Cervo on Saturday afternoon.

The mother-of-two glowed in a sunshine yellow two-piece, while the chic redhead rocked a chocolate-coloured bikini. 

Kimberley looked summer ready in the bright yellow ensemble, which featured a strapless bikini top that flaunted her toned abs and matching briefs. 

Keeping her blonde bob in a sleek middle parting style, the singer opted for a bronzed makeup look with fluttery black lashes. 

Her former bandmate Nicola wore a brown bikini with a plunging neckline and a stylish wrap-over feature to give her simple swimwear an elegant twist. 

BFFs: The mother-of-two glowed in a sunshine yellow two-piece, while the chic redhead rocked a chocolate-coloured bikini

BFFs: The mother-of-two glowed in a sunshine yellow two-piece, while the chic redhead rocked a chocolate-coloured bikini

Layering up: The ladies layered up with floaty garments as they left their hotel and made their way to a nearby beach on a small boat

Layering up: The ladies layered up with floaty garments as they left their hotel and made their way to a nearby beach on a small boat

Layering up: The ladies layered up with floaty garments as they left their hotel and made their way to a nearby beach on a small boat

Testing out the waters: Nicola strolled barefoot along the sand towards the waters

Testing out the waters: Nicola strolled barefoot along the sand towards the waters

Keeping in touch: Kimberley regularly checked her phone throughout the day

Keeping in touch: Kimberley regularly checked her phone throughout the day

The ladies layered up with floaty garments as they left their hotel and made their way to a nearby beach on a small boat.  

Kimberley opted for a pink animal print sarong and swapped between that and a yellow leopard bring beach skirt throughout the afternoon. 

Kimberley and Nicola met 17 years ago in 2002 on Popstars: The Rivals and went on to have an incredible career in successful girlband Girls Aloud, alongside close friend Cheryl and fellow bandmates Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle.

Kimberley revealed she, Nicola and Cheryl still hang out and their ‘incredible friendship’ is in a whole new ‘phase of life’, especially now she and Cheryl have children.

She added: ‘As I am with all my friends that I’ve grown up with, we’re all in that mummy zone.

Make sure you get a photo! Kimberley and Nicola relaxed in the sunshine, with the pair taking photos of each other

Make sure you get a photo! Kimberley and Nicola relaxed in the sunshine, with the pair taking photos of each other

Make sure you get a photo! Kimberley and Nicola relaxed in the sunshine, with the pair taking photos of each other

Getting the right angle: Nicola lent to one side in order to get the perfect photo for Kimberley

Getting the right angle: Nicola lent to one side in order to get the perfect photo for Kimberley

Stylish: Kimberley shielded her eyes with a simple pair of black Rayban sunglasses as she soaked up the sunshine

Stylish: Kimberley shielded her eyes with a simple pair of black Rayban sunglasses as she soaked up the sunshine

Stylish: Kimberley shielded her eyes with a simple pair of black Rayban sunglasses as she soaked up the sunshine 

‘We all kind of merge together, all of my friends know each other, we all get together for the kids’ birthdays and stuff. It’s just a new phase of life, it’s lovely to do it together.’

Talking about whether having kids has deepened her friendship with Cheryl and Nicola, she continued: ‘I think kids do that anyway, they put you on a different emotional level, I think it’s just nice that all mums have an understanding.

‘It’s when you become a mum, you become part of a club, you understand what that means… it does take it to another level I guess.’ 

Keeping in check: Kimberley reclined on a sunlounger whilst wearing another floaty beach cover-up

Keeping in check: Kimberley reclined on a sunlounger whilst wearing another floaty beach cover-up

Deep in thought: Nicola stared into the distance as she soaked up the sunshine

Deep in thought: Nicola stared into the distance as she soaked up the sunshine

Deep in thought: Nicola stared into the distance as she soaked up the sunshine during the afternoon

Kimberley also joked that the reality of her meets up, especially with Nicola, result in her being on ‘childcare duties’ as she shared a funny story from one of their recent get togethers.

She said: ‘It’s lovely catching up, Nicola came over for a little spa date, we had a facial treatment at mine, but I’m not sure it was quite as relaxing as she was hoping for. The reality was she was on childcare duties while I had my facial.

‘I could hear what was going on with my eyes closed and Bobby was making her do flying in the air, jumping on her back like Superman, making her run around, playing guns and all sorts… so I’m not sure it was the most relaxing spa date she has ever had.’ 

Animal print is life: The singer carried her belongings in a leopard print bag

Animal print is life: The singer carried her belongings in a leopard print bag

Ultimate relaxation: Nicola took the time to have a quick snooze on the beach

Ultimate relaxation: Nicola took the time to have a quick snooze on the beach

‘But my boys enjoyed it, they were really happy to see her. She was exhausted, yeah, she was like, “I finally got them to bed!” then we could chill and have dinner. 

‘She was like: “Oh my God, I’m exhausted!” and I was like, “Yep, welcome to my world!”‘

Kimberley has been married to her long-term partner, Justin Scott, since 2016; the couple tied the knot in Barbados with Cheryl and Nicola as bridesmaids. 

Daily Mail UK

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