Gary Barlow Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


24th March 2017

Quote: "I used to have dreams about her in those overalls." Take That star Gary Barlow once had a huge crush on Kylie Minogue when she was a star on Australian soap Neighbours.


28th April 2016

Fact: Gary Barlow and Dame Shirley Bassey have been added to the list of performers at Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebration on 15 May (16). Appearances by Kylie Minogue, Katherine Jenkins, James Blunt, Dame Helen Mirren and John Boyega have previously been announced. The "spectacular evening" will be hosted by presenters Ant and Dec from the private grounds of Windsor Castle.


12th June 2015

Fact: British pop star Gary Barlow has beaten fellow fathers David Beckham, SIMON COWELL, and former his bandmate Robbie Williams to be named the U.K.'s Celebrity Dad of the Year 2015. The father of three first won the prize in 2012.


15th May 2015

Fact: Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen - the three remaining members of British male vocal group Take That - have been immortalised as LEGO Minifigures.


4th January 2015

Fact: British pop star Gary Barlow is to perform at three fans' weddings this year (15) as part of a competition launched through Twitter.com.


3rd December 2014

Quote: "It's funny, because we have obviously spent a lot of time in the studio with Rob and about two years ago he said, 'I've got all these songs and I don't know what to do with them, so I'm going to put them on an album one day'. 'So it's not a surprise he's doing it, but it is a surprise it's out this week. He played us most of them and there are some cracking songs because whatever Rob writes is good." Gary Barlow on former bandmate Robbie Williams' decision to release his website-only new album on the same day as Take That's Iii.


7th November 2014

Quote: "We're getting Colin the video, and we're all going to be dressed up in the tailored suits he wears in the film." Take That star Gary Barlow hopes to recruit British actor Colin Firth for a cameo role in the band's next music promo. The track, Get Ready For It, was penned for Firth's upcoming spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service, which will be released in February (15).


11th July 2014

Fact: British pop star Gary Barlow has been recruited to compose music for Colin Firth's forthcoming movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. The Take That star previously contributed songs to blockbuster movies Stardust and X-Men: First Class.


27th November 2013

Fact: British pop star Gary Barlow will play a one-off gig at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2014 in support of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. The Take That singer will take to the stage at the U.K. capital's historic concert hall on 22 April (14).


4th October 2013

Fact: Take That star Gary Barlow's new solo album will feature a new song with pal Sir Elton John, titled Face to Face.


4th September 2013

Tweet: "Saw the new Richard Curtis film last night About Time it's so beautiful! You have to see it! If you don't cry you're not alive!" British singer Gary Barlow was left in tears after watching new romantic comedy About Time.


10th July 2013

Fact: British pop star Gary Barlow played one of the smallest shows of his career at the weekend (06-07Jul13) - he performed for 25 couples at a tiny venue in Surrey, south-east England as part of a charity auction prize. The Take That singer raised $959,468 (£619,012) for the Children in Need organisation in November (12) by selling off the one-off experience.


4th July 2013

Tweet: "Rubbish as usual". British pop star Gary Barlow dismisses rumours suggesting he is writing songs with One Direction's Harry Styles.


7th March 2013

Fact: Singer Gary Barlow was a surprise winner at Britain's Loaded Lafta comedy awards on Thursday (07Mar13), landing two top prizes. The X Factor and Take That star picked up the Funniest Double Act and Joke Of The Year prizes for an exchange with a contestant on the U.K. version of the show last year (12). Actor Danny Dyer was also honoured at the ceremony in London - he was named Funniest Tweeter.


13th February 2013

Tweet: "Happy birthday Robbie Williams... wishing you a great 39th year." British pop star Gary Barlow sends his best wishes to his former Take That bandmate, who celebrates his birthday on Wednesday (13Feb13).


27th January 2013

Tweet: "Lets (sic) all sing happy birthday to our very own Marky Owen !!!! alltogethernow". Gary Barlow sends his best wishes to his Take That bandmate Mark Owen as the singer turns 41 on Sunday (27Jan13).


7th November 2012

Quote: "I love you Gary. You're a great friend. We drifted apart in recent years because you're so busy and successful and I'm still playing in pubs. You're a truly great guy. If you were gay, I'd marry you." Sir Elton John jokes about his close friendship with Take That star Gary Barlow.


7th August 2012

Tweet: "My thoughts are with Gary, Dawn and family right now." Singer Robbie Williams passes his condolences to his Take That bandmate Gary Barlow, whose wife Dawn delivered a stillborn child over the weekend (04-05Aug12).


15th June 2012

Fact: British pop star Gary Barlow has beaten fellow fathers Rod Stewart, Jay Z and Jack Osbourne to be named the U.K.'s Celebrity Dad of the Year (12). Sir Elton John was also nominated for the prize, sponsored by hotel chain Premier Inn. Australian singer Peter Andre claimed the title last year (11).


25th May 2012

Quote: "We'll have to wait and see, I can't give anything away." Gary Barlow remains coy about rumours Take That will be part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


23rd May 2012

Quote: "I think we are all most interested in Robbie's baby. I would love surveillance on Robbie's house 24/7 just watching him, especially, deal with a baby. I am really interested to see how that is going to work. Let's face it, he is a big kid." Gary Barlow can't wait to see how his Take That bandmate Robbie Williams adapts to fatherhood. The singer's wife Ayda is due to give birth later this year (12).


23rd May 2012

Quote: "I feel a bit young, if I am honest. I don't wake up every morning thinking about that, I just want to do good stuff." Gary Barlow brushes off suggestions he deserves a Knighthood for his services to music.


19th April 2012

Tweet: "I have more news ..... There's gonna be another girl in the Barlow household!" Take That star Gary Barlow reveals his wife Dawn is pregnant with a baby girl.


4th April 2012

Tweet: "Just touched down in the wet and cold UK! Love this place, so happy to be home. Still the best." Singer Gary Barlow returns to England after a whirlwind tour of the Commonwealth in search of musical inspiration for a song he's writing for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee this summer (12).


2nd April 2012

Quote: "Power's back on.The lovely government here are sending a search and rescue boat for us this morning. Adventure." Help is on the way for British pop star Gary Barlow after he was stranded in the Solomon Islands as the region braced itself for a cyclone over the weekend (31Mar-01Apr12).


27th January 2012

Tweet: "Happy 40th Birthday Marky Owen!" Gary Barlow sends his best wishes to his Take That bandmate Mark Owen, who turns 40 on Friday (27Jan12).


20th January 2012

Tweet: "Happy Birthday to the wonderful Mr @GBarlowOfficial!!!! Everybody wish him a Great One!! Xoxo" R&B star Kelly Rowland sends her best wishes to Gary Barlow, her fellow judge on the U.K. version of The X Factor, as he turns 41 on Friday (20Jan12).


12th January 2012

Quote: "It's our 12th wedding anniversary tomorrow so I'll be tweeting again on Friday. Does anyone know what material we're awarded? Tin? Paper mache (sic)?" Take That star Gary Barlow will celebrate 12 years of marriage to wife Dawn on Thursday (12Jan12).


11th January 2012

Fact: Pop stars Gary Barlow and Peter Andre were among the guests of honour at 10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday night (10Jan12) to mark their ongoing support for U.K. charity Children In Need. Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha hosted the bash and the pair was snapped mingling with their celebrity guests.


6th December 2011

Fact: Lulu and Jason Donovan surprised the crowd at Gary Barlow's show in London on Monday night (05Dec11) as they stepped onstage to duet with the star. The 63 year old joined Barlow for a rendition of Take That's Relight My Fire, while Donovan collaborated with his pal on Too Many Broken Hearts.


18th November 2011

Quote: "If I had the chance to join one band it would be Coldplay, without a doubt. I'd move Chris aside, get him on the guitar and that would be me." Take That star Gary Barlow would love to be part of Chris Martin's group.


19th October 2011

Quote: "I'm doing a vegetarian diet for a month at the moment and I'm allowed a glass of red wine every now and again but I'm not a big drinker anyway." Take That star Gary Barlow has given up meat for a month.


15th October 2011

Fact: Michael Buble will host a Christmas TV special in the U.K. this festive season (11). The Canadian crooner has reportedly landed Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow as guests for the Michael Buble: Home For Christmas show, which will air on the Itv network in December (11).


10th October 2011

Fact: Take That singer Gary Barlow is the new king of Twitter - he attracted almost 300,000 followers within 11 hours of launching his account on the social networking site on Sunday (09Oct11).


30th September 2011

Quote: "The reason I did The X Factor is because my kids love it and it's so seldom your kids engage with what you're doing work-wise. My son sits playing Nintendo all the way through my concerts. They're not mad about what I do - but being a judge on The X Factor, they couldn't believe it. They were absolutely made up." Take That star Gary Barlow on his decision to sign up as a judge on the British version of The X Factor.


28th September 2011

Quote: "I'd like to be in Gary's position for one night, but not four months. I was sat thinking 'wow, this is great'. But that's all it is, a great day. I would find it difficult, who wants to break a 16 year old's heart?" Robbie Williams has no plans to emulate his Take That bandmate Gary Barlow and sit on a reality TV show panel. The Angels hitmaker joined The X Factor judge Barlow recently to help decide who would make it through to the live shows of the British version of the programme.


21st August 2011

Quote: "I watched last year with my 10 and eight-year-old and Christina Aguilera was too much for me." British singer Gary Barlow, who now serves as a judge on Britain's The X Factor, disapproved of the sexy pop star's raunchy performance during last year's (10) show finale.


13th June 2011

Tweet: "At the Take That concert to support my fellow judge Gary... I'M lovin it!! They definitely are the U.K.'s most amazing boy band!!! (Well, men)." Kelly Rowland lent her support to her fellow judge on Britain's The X Factor, Gary Barlow, as he performed with his group Take That in Manchester, England on Sunday night (12Jun11).


2nd June 2011

Quote: "I've spoken to her and I think she has turned a corner. She is an ambitious girl, she's very together and she'll get over this." New U.K. The X Factor judge Gary Barlow assures fans Cheryl Cole is coping well after she was dropped from the American version of the show last month (May11). Cole quit her post as a judge on the British series to join Simon Cowell Stateside.


30th May 2011

Quote: "Our fans did a petition for us to do Quantum of Solace, the one Jack White did with Alicia Keys. I know the guy who does the Bond music, David Arnold, and he said to me, 'Will you tell your fans to f**k off?' He had 1,000 petition notes in his (email) inbox and was really annoyed." Take That star Gary Barlow is hopeful of penning or performing the next James Bond theme tune after missing out on the opportunity to make music for 2008's Quantum of Solace.


27th April 2011

Quote: "What annoyed me was that when Take That came back and were successful again, my waxwork suddenly reappeared out of nowhere, yet slightly aged. They obviously keep them in storage." British singer Gary Barlow was surprised to see his waxwork back in Madame Tussauds after being hidden away for years when he was out of the spotlight.


4th April 2011

Quote: "If you were to come sit in our dressing room with the five of us, it's like a big group therapy session... Five middle-aged men talking about their feelings..." Take That star Gary Barlow is adamant the pop stars no longer live a life of excess while on tour.


7th February 2011

Quote: "Throughout the Nineties I didn't have any views. I always felt lyrics were a weak point for me and I was often a copier of lyrics. I would use other people's emotions and always stole my lyrics from people around me." Take That star Gary Barlow struggled with originality and writer's block.


19th January 2011

Quote: "Songs do pick the singers. Now and again we fight over them." Gary Barlow reveals how the members of Take That decide who sings on their tracks.


19th January 2011

Quote: "I get really insulted when people bring their phones to the dinner table and they start answering texts. Am I not important enough to sit with you?" Take That star Gary Barlow names his top pet peeve.


19th January 2011

Quote: "I know we're back with Rob right now but we still see our future as a four-piece band. We see Take That as a four-piece band in general." Gary Barlow insists Robbie Williams' return to the group will not be permanent.


12th December 2010

Fact: Take That star Gary Barlow has splashed out a massive $18 million (£12 million) on a new home in London.


22nd September 2010

Quote: "I'm so happy those boys are all back together. I've been a Robbie fan for years and Gary is an amazing writer." Enrique Iglesias is pleased Robbie Williams has rejoined former bandmate Gary Barlow and the rest of Take That.


26th August 2010

Quote: "It's so many rehabs ago. There's so much vodka underneath the bridge." Robbie Williams can't recall exactly what sparked his feud with Take That bandmate Gary Barlow.


28th January 2010

Quote: "As soon as we heard, we were just hoping we'd be asked. It's one of those things you don't have to think about. We've never done anything like this before, but music has been a great way of generating money for good causes." Take That star Gary Barlow was overjoyed when the group was asked to take part in Simon Cowell's Haiti charity single.


9th December 2009

Quote: "We don't talk about work, we go down the pub for a pint and talk about cars, microphones and studio gear. It's not very rock and roll, but we're good mates!" Boyzone star Ronan Keating insists there's no rivalry between him and Take That's Gary Barlow.


17th November 2009

Quote: "The worst thing about being in Take That is when we're in the studio and we dial out for our food. The other lads will be tucking in to their gourmet burgers, followed by chocolate and there'll be me with my tuna salad and my little protein bar." Pop star Gary Barlow hates his strict low-calorie diet.


23rd September 2009

Quote: "I want to work with him but he's not interested - he told me he wants Shirley Bassey. Can you imagine the two of them? It would be incredible. They should do something." Take That star Gary Barlow is a big fan of rapper Dizzee Rascal.


5th July 2009

Fact: Take That singer and songwriter Gary Barlow is swapping pop for opera by penning a song for Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins.


4th December 2005

Quote: <p>"Robbie used to take the mick out of (make a joke about) them, so from that day on I've kept them hidden." TAKE THAT star Gary Barlow has been insecure about his pubic hair ever since former bandmate Robbie Williams made fun of it. </p>


14th November 2005

Quote: <p>"I would swap everything I have for what he's got." Pop superstar Robbie Williams would trade in his success for former TAKE THAT singer Gary Barlow's domestic bliss. </p>


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