Take That star Gary Barlow, who was involved in a tax avoidance scandal this year, has claimed that fans of his music are ‘not interested’ in his financial issues.
In an interview to launch the group’s new album, he admitted that the tax situation was a ‘problem,, but went on to say it was a private matter.
He came in for criticism earlier this year when it emerged that he, bandmates Howard Donald, Mark Owen and manager Jonathan Wild had invested tens of millions of pounds in what have been described as tax avoidance schemes.
Gary kept his head down when the storm blew up earlier this year, waiting almost four months to post an ‘apology’ on Twitter last month, as well as telling fans he had a new album.
In the message, he wrote: “I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by the tax stories earlier this year.”
Speaking to the Sun about the controversy, Gary said: “It’s a problem. It’s something we’ve got to get to the bottom of and sort.
“Our fans, they want to buy our records and watch our tours. They’re not interested.”
The ex X Factor judge went on: “We can’t talk about it and, to be honest, I don’t want to talk about it. It’s actually a private thing.”
The group debuted their new single These Days on Radio 2’s Chris Evans show on Friday morning, their first new music as a trio, following the departure of Jason Orange.
He was not involved in the tax scheme, but the group have denied his exit was anything to do with the financial arrangements.
David Cameron rejected calls for Gary to hand back his OBE after he was ordered to pay back millions of pounds as a result of a court ruling that the scheme was set up for tax relief.
Take That have teamed up with figures such as ELO’s Jeff Lynne and Stuart Price for production duties on their new album, which is called III and will be released on December 1.
Their last album Progress was released in 2010 as a quintet, also featuring Robbie Williams.