I’m going to take time out
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.”