Gary Bar­low: I know how Zayn feels

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS -

GARY Bar­low has spo­ken of his sym­pa­thy for 1D’s Zayn Ma­lik as he re­called the af­ter­math of his Take That’s 1990s split.

The Cheshire-born singer song­writer fa­mously sank into a de­pres­sion as he tried – and failed – to break Amer­ica as a solo star.

And as Zayn tries to ne­go­ti­ate a new ca­reer for him­self af­ter the suc­cess of One Di­rec­tion, Gary gave words of sup­port.

“It’s eas­ier for the band to cope with but harder for him go­ing off on his own,” Gary told the Daily Mir­ror. “I don’t know what his char­ac­ter is but be­ing in a group like that is a big high. How­ever, he seems to have good peo­ple around him and fam­ily, so I am sure he will be fine.”

Does he think Zayn’s de­par­ture from the band could sig­nal the start of the end for 1D?

“We have been a five­piece, then we were down to four and now there are just the three of us... but our fans have been there for us the whole time. I imag­ine their fans are very sim­i­lar.”

Gary still re­mem­bers vividly his own dreams rapidly be­ing shat­tered as he tried to steer a new solo ca­reer af­ter Take That dis­banded.

It was 1996 and he was mid­way through a gru­elling ra­dio sta­tion tour across the States.

“I was in a place called Spokane, in Wash­ing­ton, which is in the mid­dle of nowhere, and I just woke up and thought, ‘What am I do­ing?’” he says qui­etly. “I was miles from any­one and any­thing. I thought, I can’t bear it any more, I’m worn out and have to go home. That was pretty much the end.”

This de­jec­tion, which in­cluded his US sin­gle chart­ing at No 42, led to him re­treat­ing back to his Cheshire man­sion and his weight bal­loon­ing to 16 stone.

But fast-for­ward 19 years and Gary is fi­nally on the verge of what he never dreamed was pos­si­ble – State­side suc­cess.

The singer has com­posed and writ­ten all the mu­sic for a new Broad­way pro­duc­tion, which theatre in­sid­ers pre­dict could be one of the big­gest hits of the year.

“I’m 44, I never ex­pected at such a late stage in my ca­reer for this to hap­pen.”

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