I’m go­ing to take time out

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

Gary Bar­low has said he is quit­ting mu­sic – but only for a year.

The Take That front­man is plan­ning a sab­bat­i­cal af­ter the band’s Euro­pean tour next spring so that he can “live a bit”.

Aged 47, he ad­mit­ted that you “don’t know what is around the corner” so he wants to tick some things off his bucket list.

“I am work­ing so hard be­cause I am plan­ning a year off. A sab­bat­i­cal,” he said. “We don’t know what is round the corner for any of us – I want to do it now.

“Things I want to do other than mu­sic that I’ve never had a chance to do.”

Gary joins Take That band­mates Mark Owen, 46, and Howard Don­ald, 50, for their Great­est Hits tour in Sh­effield on April 12. It ends in the Swiss city of Zurich at the end of June.

Gary said: “I want to live a bit. I started work at 11 and I haven’t re­ally stopped. There’s a mil­lion things I want to do.”

Take That formed in 1989, and when they weren’t to­gether, Gary worked on solo projects in­clud­ing a stint re­plac­ing Si­mon Cow­ell on The X Fac­tor.

Gary also told Fearne Cot ton’s Happy Place pod­cast he fears so­cial me­dia.

He said: “You see peo­ple who have had a 50- year ca­reer with one tweet, de­stroy it. I was told I have to have Twit­ter oth­er­wise you won’t get any votes. It ter­rif ies me. I look at it some­times and it looks a lit­tle bit like the devil sat on my phone.”

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