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Gary Barlow Opens Up On Grief Of Losing His Daughter As 'Men Don't Talk About These Things'

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Gary Barlow Opens Up On Grief Of Losing His Daughter As 'Men Don't Talk About These Things'

Gary Barlow has opened up on the grief of losing his daughter to help encourage other men to speak about their feelings and banish the stigma surrounding attitudes.

The Take That popstar and his wife Dawn Andrews tragically lost their daughter in 2012. The little girl, who they named Poppy, was delivered stillborn.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs over the weekend, Gary explained he'd decided to speak out 'as men don't talk about these things'.

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"For anyone who's been through anything like this, I think it's something you accept that you're going to be dealing with for the rest of your life," shared Gary. "So, in some ways, the pain and the grief brings you closer to them."

While Gary has previously said that he found it 'too painful and private to talk or comment on publicly', he wrote about the heartbreaking loss in his autobiography, A Better Me.

The star has opened up to encourage others to do the same. Credit: PA Images
The star has opened up to encourage others to do the same. Credit: PA Images

The Take That singer added: "It felt important to me, as a 47-year-old man, to talk about something bad that's happened and how it made me feel.

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"You can pick up several magazines and know how women deal with things.

"For some reason men don't talk about those things, so I think it felt it was important for me, as a man, to talk about that."

Gary and Dawn married in 2000 and together they share son Daniel, 18, Emily, 16, and nine-year-old Daisy.

Gary and his wife Dawn have three other children. Credit: PA Images
Gary and his wife Dawn have three other children. Credit: PA Images
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At the time, Gary delved into his work as a coping mechanism, but the grief finally caught up with him and he had a breakdown during his time in LA in 2016.

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Gary also revealed how his use of prescription drugs would see him faint up to five times in one week.

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If you need more help and support on child bereavement or stillbirth, visit here.

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