Barlow: the wilderness years
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In his book My Take, Gary Barlow lists the humiliations he suffered following Take That's split in 1996 and being dropped by his record company. They include Gary Barlow dolls available for free at his local Toys R Us, Victoria Beckham being too embarrassed to work with him, a 40-a-day fag habit, his weight ballooning to 16st 8lbs and having to wear XXXL tracksuit bottoms. The final straw was his wax dummy being melted down at Madame Tussauds to make way for Britney Spears.