Sadly, Take That singer-songwriter Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have lost their fourth child, Poppy Barlow, who was delivered stillborn on Saturday. Gary, who is currently at work for a second season as a judge on the UK version of The X Factor, was rumored to be on the roster for the London Olympics closing ceremony this Sunday (August 12) with the rest of his Take That bandmates. There’s no word yet on whether the band will perform, given Barlow’s recent family tragedy.
Read the singer’s statement below.
“Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we’ve lost our baby,” Barlow said yesterday, via a written statement. “Poppy Barlow was delivered stillborn on August 4 in London. Our focus now is giving her a beautiful funeral and loving our three children with all our hearts. We’d ask at this painful time that our privacy be respected.”
Earlier this year, Barlow and Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber composed the UK chart-topping track “Sing” to celebrate Queen Elisabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The two performed the song live with the Commonwealth Band outside Buckingham Palace in early June as part of the Queen’s anniversary celebrations.
Gary, 41, and wife Dawn, 42, are the parents of three children: Daniel, 11, Emily, 9, and Daisy, 3.
[Via Daily Mail]