Gary Barlow pays moving tribute to late daughter Poppy on eighth anniversary of her death

6 August 2020, 10:27

Gary Barlow pays tribute to daughter Poppy
Gary Barlow pays tribute to daughter Poppy. Picture: PA/Instagram/Gary Barlow

By Tom Eames

Gary Barlow has paid tribute to his daughter Poppy on the eighth anniversary of her death.

The Take That singer’s fourth child, Poppy, was stillborn in 2012 – just a few days before he was due to perform at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

The 49-year-old marked the tragic moment by sharing a photo of him and his wife Dawn on Instagram, saying they are "soldiering on".

Gary and Dawn are seen stood with their backs to the camera, and their arms wrapped around each other on a beach.

He wrote: "Thank you for all your kind messages yesterday – we soldier on."

Gary previously opened up about the heartbreak he and Dawn suffered following Poppy’s death.

"Poppy Barlow was born in the evening on Saturday, 4 August, just before nine o’clock," Gary wrote in his 2018 autobiography A Better Me.

"[When she was born] 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."

Gary Barlow and wife Dawn
Gary Barlow and wife Dawn. Picture: Getty

He added that the family loved their brief moment with Poppy, before the nurses took her away: "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.

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"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.

"What we experienced and saw over those 24 hours no one should have to see or have to go through."

Dawn and Gary have three children together: Daniel, 19, Emily, 18, and Daisy, 11.

Meanwhile, Gary is currently working on his upcoming third studio album.