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Gary Barlow shares emotional tribute to his late daughter Poppy

Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have shared an emotional tribute to their late daughter, Poppy, on the eighth anniversary of her death. 

Poppy was tragically delivered stillborn at full term on August 4 in 2012 just days before the Take That singer, 49, had to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.    

Gary took to Instagram on Wednesday to share an emotional tribute to his late daughter and said he was ‘soldiering on’.

Heartbreaking: Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have shared an emotional tribute to their late daughter, Poppy, on the eighth anniversary of her death

Heartbreaking: Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have shared an emotional tribute to their late daughter, Poppy, on the eighth anniversary of her death

The singer posted a moving picture of himself holding wife Dawn, 50, as they looked out to sea.

Gary penned: ‘Thank you for all your kind messages yesterday – we soldier on,’ followed by a heartache emoji.

The star’s 741K followers were quick to send their support and well-wishes to the heartbroken couple.

One person said: ‘Sending all the love,’ followed by heart emojis. 

Emotional: Gary took to Instagram on Wednesday to share an emotional tribute to his late daughter and said he was 'soldiering on'

Emotional: Gary took to Instagram on Wednesday to share an emotional tribute to his late daughter and said he was ‘soldiering on’ 

Tragic: Poppy was tragically delivered stillborn at full term on August 4 in 2012 just days before the Take That singer, 49, had to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics (the couple pictured in 2012)

Tragic: Poppy was tragically delivered stillborn at full term on August 4 in 2012 just days before the Take That singer, 49, had to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics (the couple pictured in 2012) 

A different fan put: ‘Thinking of you all take care xx.’ 

While another follower commented: ‘Was thinking of you all [heart emoji] xxxxx.’ 

Poppy was tragically delivered stillborn at full term on August 4 in 2012 with Gary writing about the painful experience in his 2018 autobiography – A Better Me.  

In the candid book, the singer laid bare the devastating impact of her death on him and his wife Dawn.

Support: The star's 741K followers were quick to send their support and well-wishes to the heartbroken couple

Support: The star’s 741K followers were quick to send their support and well-wishes to the heartbroken couple

He explained that he felt like he was ‘dreaming’ after discovering the heart-wrenching news about Poppy, who was stillborn on August 4 2012.

The heartbroken couple were given an hour to spend time with their baby girl, who he hailed a ‘light’ in his life.   

Gary said: ‘It was one of the best hours of my life I’ve ever experienced in the midst of the hardest time of my life. It was very powerful, that hour was.’

He added: ‘Then the reality comes rushing into the room and all the air leaves your lungs. It felt like someone had a hand held tight at my throat.

‘The nurses start hovering and they want to take her away. What we experienced and saw over those 24 hours, no-one should have to see or have to go through.’ 

Painful: Poppy was tragically delivered stillborn at full term on August 4 in 2012 with Gary writing about the painful experience in his 2018 autobiography - A Better Me (pictured recently)

Painful: Poppy was tragically delivered stillborn at full term on August 4 in 2012 with Gary writing about the painful experience in his 2018 autobiography – A Better Me (pictured recently) 

The devastating loss came just under two weeks before he joined Take That on stage at London’s Olympics closing ceremony.

Dawn was also diagnosed with post-traumatic Type 1 diabetes shortly after their baby’s tragic death. 

Gary admitted he found it extremely hard to include his children in the funeral process, revealing that he and Dawn went through it alone.   

The Rule The World hitmaker revealed he went into ‘overdrive’ as he cared for everyone else but himself following the tragic loss of his baby girl.

So sad: He explained that he felt like he was 'dreaming' after discovering the heart-wrenching news about Poppy, who was stillborn on August 4 2012 (pictured in 2007)

So sad: He explained that he felt like he was ‘dreaming’ after discovering the heart-wrenching news about Poppy, who was stillborn on August 4 2012 (pictured in 2007) 

After ‘shutting out the world’ the star confessed music became his ‘escape’ and he shared his grief through his 2013 track Let Me Go.  

At the time, Gary and Dawn released a heartbreaking statement in 2012, it read: ‘Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we’ve lost our baby. Poppy Barlow was delivered stillborn on August 4 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.’  

Gary and Dawn have three children together – Daniel, 19, Emily, 18, and Daisy, 11.

The couple recently celebrated Dawn’s 50th birthday with a family getaway to Lake Como, Italy, while earlier this year they marked their 20th wedding anniversary.

If you’ve been affected by this article, you can call stillbirth and neonatal charity, SANDs, on 0808 164 3332 or visit www.sands.org.uk.

Milestone: The couple recently celebrated Dawn's 50th birthday with a family getaway to Lake Como, Italy, while earlier this year they marked their 20th wedding anniversary

Milestone: The couple recently celebrated Dawn’s 50th birthday with a family getaway to Lake Como, Italy, while earlier this year they marked their 20th wedding anniversary  

WHAT IS A STILLBIRTH?

A stillbirth occurs when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

If a baby dies before 24 weeks of pregnancy, it is known as a miscarriage.

Not all stillbirths can be prevented, however, not smoking or drinking, as well as not sleeping on your back and attending all antenatal appointments can reduce the risk. 

What are the signs? 

Signs may include the baby not moving as much as normal.

Pregnant women should contact their doctor immediately if they notice a difference to their baby’s movement. 

What are the causes? 

Stillbirths do not always have an obvious cause but may occur due to complications with the placenta or a birth defect.

They are also more likely to occur if women suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or an infection that affects the baby, such as flu. 

Stillbirths are more likely to occur if women are having twins or multiple pregnancies, are overweight, smoke, are over 35 or have a pre-existing condition, such as epilepsy.

What happens after a stillbirth? 

If a baby has died, women may wait for their labour to start naturally or they may be induced if their health is at risk. 

Bereavement support groups are available to parents who have suffered stillbirths.

Some find it helpful to name their baby or take pictures with them.  

 Source: NHS Choices

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