Gary Barlow has admitted to not being “very nice” when Take That were at the height of their fame back in the early 1990s.
In a candid interview with The Rake magazine, the former X Factor judge described himself as “young and arrogant”, recalling when himself and bandmates Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams was just starting out.
“I thought that I just needed to open my mouth and a hit record would come out,” the singer-songwriter noted. “I thought the world owed me everything. It didn’t make me very nice for a few years.
“But then I had the ultimate lesson, and to ride that lesson out and learn so much from it, when success came around again it was just so appreciated, and still is.”
The ultimate lesson wound up being the group’s split in 1996, having had eight number ones in the UK – including ‘Pray’, ‘Relight My Fire’ and ‘Back for Good’ – by the time they called it quits.
While Williams went on to become a hugely successful solo artist, the rest of the band spent a few years away from the spotlight before reforming as a foursome in 2006. Since then, they’ve reach number one four times.
“I’d love to be one of those people who says, ‘I don’t care what anyone thinks, I just do what I do.’ But I do care now,” the 48-year-old continued. “I want my audience to enjoy what I do.”
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