Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have announced the devastating news that their fourth child was delivered stillborn on Saturday. 'Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we’ve lost our baby,' their statement began. 'Poppy Barlow was delivered stillborn on August 4th 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.'
The couple - who have been married for 12 years - revealed in April this year that they were excited to be expecting another girl. Gary and Dawn are no doubt spending this difficult time with their three children, Daniel, 11, and daughters Emily, nine, and Daisy, three. Gary first announced the pregnancy via his Twitter page in February, and it is thought that Poppy was due some time this month.
'My wife and I are expecting our 4th child #Anotherowngoal,' he posted earlier this year.
As congratulations from his 1.3 million followers flooded in, he tweeted: 'What a lovely bunch you are.Thank you for all your kind messages.We are a very excited family.' The tragic news comes less than two weeks after Gary's band mate, Mark Owen, welcomed his third child into the world with wife Emma. The couple were spotted out and about with Fox India just 12 days after she was born
The pair have no doubt sent their condolences to Gary and Dawn, along with his fellow Take That band mates, Robbie Williams, Jason Orange and Howard Donald. Robbie and his wife Ayda are also expecting a child together after announcing the news in May this year. Famous friends of the couple have taken to Twitter to ensure that their thoughts are with Gary and his family at this difficult time.
Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote: 'Dearest Dawn & Gary, Madeleine & I are devastated about news of Poppy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.' Meanwhile, X Factor boyband JLS posted: 'We send our condolences to @GBarlowOfficial and his family during this tough time..our thoughts and prayers with you..Marv and the boys x'
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