Gary Barlow admits he’s fully embraced self-isolation as it gives him an opportunity to completely focus on his music, without outside distractions getting in the way.
The Take That star is one of millions of Brits currently adhering to strict self-quarantine and social distancing guidelines as the country combats the growing spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
And Gary, 49, says the enforced break with wife Dawn and their three children has been ‘heavenly’ as it gives him an opportunity to knuckle down and write more songs.
Great opportunity: Gary Barlow admits he’s fully embraced self-isolation as it gives him an opportunity to completely focus on his music, without outside distractions getting in the way.
Speaking to Dermot O’Leary from home on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, he said: ‘I don’t mind this lock-down, I think there’s lots of positives, but one of the negatives right, is that when someone like you rings me and say will you come on, I’ve got no excuses.
‘I tell you, we’ve been self-isolating in studios, I mean this is heaven for me, this is heaven, I’m loving this.’
He added: ‘I feel like I’m gloating when I tell people, but this is the time I’ve been waiting for when there’s nothing other than music to do, and I’ve got to be honest, it couldn’t really have come at a better time so I’m really filling my time wisely, loving it.’
Popular: Gary has used his time resourcefully by launching The Crooner Sessions, a collaborative online sing-song featuring the musician and a different singer each day
Gary has used his time resourcefully by launching The Crooner Sessions, a collaborative online sing-song featuring the musician and a different singer each day.
The Twitter and Instagram sessions have so far been a hit with fans as they adapt to life behind closed doors, and Gary admits he was prompted to do something after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Draconian measures in order to spike coronavirus infection in the UK.
He said: ‘Well you know what, it comes from my socials because you know the one thing I love about socials is you know in about five seconds whether you’re doing things that are right or wrong, and it felt like when the Prime Minister announced this big lockdown, my crowd just went “Oh my god, what are we gonna do?”
I’ll ask the questions: Gary was talking to Dermot O’Leary on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show about life in self-quarantine
‘So I thought you know what, I’ll round a couple of mates up and we’ll do something quietly online and we’ll just have a little sing-song, and of course it’s grown and grown.
‘And it is strictly mates by the way, there’s no strangers on here, but it’s becomes a daily thing and every week day we do it at five o’clock, I don’t pre-announce who it is so it’s always a bit of a surprise, and you know we’re not very good on there we’re not trying to be great, we’re just having fun.’
So far The Crooner Sessions have featured collaborations with the likes of Westlife’s Shane Filan, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Boyzone’s Ronan Keating, Rick Astley, Beverly Knight and Jason Donovan.
But while Gary keeps his followers entertained, he admits the task isn’t quite as easy with kids Daniel, 19, Emily, 17, and Daisy, 11, who remain isolated at home with him and Dawn until further notice.
‘They’re all with us,’ he said. ‘So it’s actually been really nice, and I think they’ve actually settled into the fact now that this is quite serious and that they can’t go out, and they’ve kind of given in and so you know we’re arguing every day, it’s fantastic.’
Quarantine has also given the musician an opportunity to hone his culinary skills, and perfect a new specialty in the kitchen.
He added: You know one of things I have really come to love is eggs. I do a lovely 7pm frittata, with anything that’s been left over in the fridge.
‘Just chuck it all in there, you don’t have to be good, just chuck it in, some sweet potato fries on the side, a lot of drink if I’m honest at the moment, but what can I say.’