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Take That frontman Gary Barlow has opened up about the grief he felt after losing his unborn daughter six years ago.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, he explained it’s been important for him to talk about his loss publicly, as “men don’t talk about those things.”
“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. So, in some ways, the pain and the grief brings you closer to them.”
Gary Barlow opens up about the heartbreak he felt over stillborn daughter
Gary’s wife Dawn Andrews delivered their daughter Poppy full term in August 2012, but sadly she was stillborn.
The 47-year-old British singer says since that tragic time he noticed that women are more vocal about the loss of a child than men are.
“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,” he said.
“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 I felt it was important for me, as a man, to talk about that.”
‘It was one of the best hours of my life’
Gary touched upon his heartbreak in his recent autobiography A Better Me, which was published in October.
Talking about his moments with Poppy after she was born stillborn, Gary said: “It was lovely, it was gorgeous, we both [he and wife Dawn Andrews] took turns cuddling her, and we took pictures.”
“It was one of the best hours of my life I’ve ever experienced in the midst of the hardest time of my life. It was very powerful, that hour was.”
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