Star opens up about losing daughter
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