Take that

Gary Barlow broke the ban on taking this girlfriend, causing horrific abuse from angry fans

Gary Barlow once bragged that he slept with “hundreds of girl fans all over the world” during the height of his Take That fame.

He, Robbie Williams, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Mark Owen topped the charts in the 90s and were one of the greatest boy bands of all time.

Their crowds of lusty fans loved it, but stars were forbidden from publicly having girlfriends.

But Gary allegedly broke that rule after a chance encounter in 1990 when pretty dancer Dawn Andrews was hired to star in the band’s music video.

Two years later, they also crossed paths at the 1992 Children’s Royal Variety Performance.

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Gary Barlow celebrates 22 years of marriage with his wife Dawn
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Gary and Dawn met while shooting a music video in 1988
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The starstruck Dawn had blushed and struggled to get her words across when Gary approached her backstage to say hello – and she might have feared she’d missed it.

But by chance, they met for the third time when Jason chose Dawn to join their Nobody Else tour.

At that time, there hadn’t been anyone special for Gary since splitting from girlfriend Nicky Ladanowski.

It was Nicky, still on good terms with him, who was the first to realize that there was chemistry between Gary and Dawn.

Her bandmates also took notice of her strangely buff new body – which would have benefited the slender dancer Dawn – and the two became inseparable on the European leg of the tour.

Dawn later tells OK! “He grew up with me. We had dinner together every night and first became friends.”







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But when she and Gary found themselves in the back of a van on their way home from a club, Dawn kissed him and he instantly fell in love.

“I was completely stunned right away,” he once said, admitting that in a time before texting and Facebook, he sat in his hotel room pouring out letters. of love.

“I really missed her and didn’t want to lose her. It drove me a little crazy,” said Frodsham-born Gary, who wrote his romantic solo track Forever Love on Dawn.

Once back in Britain, they moved in, and despite the no girlfriends rule, Gary took Dawn as his date at the 1996 BRITs.

But as news of their romance came out, fans started hurling swear words.

“Dawn hates attention so it was a big deal for her to date someone like me,” Gary told the Daily Mail.







His wife Dawn is the person Gary says he always admires the most
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“Once the news of our relationship came out, the fans didn’t respond well. They used to spit on her as she walked in and out of concert halls.”

Keen to stay in the background, Dawn quietly supported Gary during Take That’s subsequent split and he popped the question at their home while waiting for a Chinese takeout.

“Let’s get married,” he blurted out suddenly.

They flew to New York with her parents, Colin and Marjorie, to buy a £10,000 diamond ring from Tiffany and planned a grand wedding at her Cheshire mansion.

But when Dawn became pregnant with their first-born Daniel, they agreed to have an intimate affair on the Caribbean island of Nevis in January 2000.

They even got each other’s initials tattooed on their wrists.

However, while his personal life had never been better, Gary’s career was in a tailspin, and as Robbie’s solo career soared, Gary fell apart and he was dropped by the BMG label.







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He fell into depression, ate too much and quit music for over nine years in an effort to “kill the pop star” version of himself.

It was only Gary’s love for his wife and son that helped him see the light and, determined to regain his health, he dedicated himself to a life of his own and began writing songs for other artists before Take That reunited to critical acclaim in 2006.

Meanwhile, three became four when daughter Emily arrived in 2002, followed by Daisy in 2009.

In 2009, the family suffered heartache when their fourth child, Poppy, was stillborn.

Gary released a short statement saying, “Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we have lost our baby. Our goal now is to donate [Poppy] beautiful funerals and love our three children with all our hearts.

“We would ask at this painful time that our privacy be respected.”

Writing in his biography A Better Me, Gary shared: “Poppy Barlow was born on the evening of Saturday August 4th, just before nine o’clock.







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“When she was born, it was like a light came into the room. It was lovely, it was beautiful, we took turns cuddling her and taking pictures.”

He added: “It was one of the best hours of my life that I have ever experienced in the middle of the most difficult period of my life. It was very powerful, that hour.

“Poppy looked perfect and for an hour she was alive for us. She is in your arms, our beautiful baby girl, a sister to our other three children.

“Then reality rushes into the room and all the air leaves your lungs. It was like someone had a hand on my throat. The nurses start hovering and they want to take her away.

“What we have experienced and seen in these 24 hours, no one should have to see or go through.”

Eight days later, Take That performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games and Gary’s moving performance in Rule the World moved audiences around the world to tears.

On Wednesday, Gary and Dawn celebrate 22 amazing years of marriage.

To mark the occasion, the Walk the Line judge shared never-before-seen snaps from the day they met, as well as a new photo of them raising a cocktail to celebrate.

The A Million Love Songs singer captioned the post, “Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary Mrs B.

“What a time we had. So many adventures. 4 beautiful children. Here are the next 22 and beyond. Check out the photos from the day we first met – 1988!! Shocking!!”

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