05 August 2020 20:39
Gary Barlow has shared an emotional tribute to his stillborn daughter Poppy eight years on. The former Take That star, 49, admitted he and his wife Dawn still "soldier on" as they marked the anniversary on Tuesday. Poppy was tragically stillborn in 2012 just days before Gary was to perform at the closing ceremony of the Olympics. As the eighth anniversary approached, he shared an update after some of his loyal fans sent him messages of support. Taking to social media on Wednesday, he responded: "Thank you for all your kind messages yesterday - we soldier on." The singer added a heartbroken emoji at the end of his post.
(Image: officialgarybarlow/Instagram) In 2016, Gary suffered a breakdown over the loss, and revealed how much it had impacted his family. Writing in his biography A Better Me, Gary shared: "Poppy Barlow was born in the evening on Saturday, 4 August, just before nine o'clock. "When she was born it was like a light came into the room. It was lovely, it was gorgeous, we both took turns cuddling her, and we took pictures." (Image: Getty Images) He added: "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. "Poppy looked perfect and for an hour she was alive to us. She's in your arms, this beautiful little daughter of ours, a sister to our three other children. "Then the reality comes rushing into the room and all the air leaves your lungs. It felt like someone had a hand held tight at my throat. The nurses start hovering and they want to take her away. (Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) "What we experienced and saw over those 24 hours no one should have to see or have to go through." Following the traumatic event, Gary's wife Dawn was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Gary and Dawn are also parents to Daisy, Emily and Daniel. Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at [email protected] or call us direct 0207 29 33033.