Gary Barlow - Gary Barlow Rediscovered Life Passion Through Chores
Gary Barlow rediscovered his inspiration to write music while shopping for toothpaste.
Gary Barlow found his zest for life while shopping for toothpaste.
The Take That singer - who has children Daniel, 11, Emily, Emily, nine, and two-year-old Daisy with wife Dawn - admitted his years as a solo star after the first break-up of the band in 1996 were tough, and it was only when returning to do normal chores such as shopping he got his inspiration back.
He said: "It was great. I was doing stuff I hadn't done for 10 years.
"I would walk into a supermarket and go, 'Wow, look at all the brands of toothpaste - this is unbelievable.
"I had a year of getting my life back and I watch my son cough, sneeze and walk for the first time."
While he rediscovered his enthusiasm for life, the 40-year-old star admits his ability to write music disappeared following the band's split, and though he tried writing songs, they were all rubbish".
He told The Sun newspaper: "I don't know if it was writer's block because I would come up with stuff but it was just rubbish.
"I've always had a good ear, my intuition is good with new music, but I knew straight away that nothing I was coming up with was any good.
"Most of what you do - the big part of what you do is gone, it's evaporated. Your question is, 'Is it going to come back?' I ended up with no confidence as a writer."