Star opens up about los­ing daugh­ter

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felt im­por­tant to me, as a 47- year- old man, to talk about some­thing bad that’s hap­pened and how it made me feel. “You can pick up mag­a­zines and know how women deal with things. For some rea­son, men don’t talk about those things so I felt it was im­por­tant for me, as a man, to talk about that.” Bar­low also told show host Lau­ren Lav­erne how his solo ca­reer failed to reach the heights ex­pected of him be­cause his con­fi­dence plum­meted. He said: “I re­mem­ber a cou­ple of peo­ple get­ting in my head, ‘Oh that’s not very good, you can do bet­ter.’ Whereas in the past I’d have gone, ‘ It’s al­right thanks.’ It started to get in there and I just lost my con­fi­dence.

“So I made a record, my solo al­bum, Twelve Months, Eleven Days, by com­mit­tee – the worse thing you can do. Build­ing your cre­ative be­ing again takes years.”

Bar­low also said he takes “full re­spon­si­bil­ity” af­ter he was caught up in a tax avoid­ance scan­dal – but ad­mit­ted he doesn’t know any­thing about ac­counts. The singer faced crit­i­cism in 2014 over the schemes.

Asked how he looks back on the time, he said: “Aw­ful, re­ally aw­ful. You try to do these things un­der the guid­ance of other peo­ple.

“I don’t know a thing about ac­counts. So all I could do at that point was just say I’m sorry.”

HON­ESTY Gary Bar­low with host Lau­ren Lav­erne on Desert Is­land Discs and, left, with his wife Dawn

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