It was a scandal that could have had the potential to ruin their reputations.
But according to Gary Barlow, Take That’s fans don’t give a hoot about the band’s recent involvement in a tax avoidance scheme.
Speaking for the first time since the tax avoidance scandal broke back in May, the 43-year-old singer insisted that fans only care about their music.
He told The Sun: “Our fans, they want to buy our records and watch our tours. They’re not interested.”
Mark Owen added: “It has been a bit tricky what’s gone on – it’s not the easiest.
“Hopefully by this time next year, the tax thing will be sorted out, we’ll be doing live shows and it will be a positive time for us.”
Earlier this year it was revealed that Gary, Mark, Howard, and their manager Jonathan Wild, were facing a multimillion pound tax bill after attempting to shelter £66 million in a tax avoidance scheme called Icebreaker Management.
While the company described itself as a ‘music industry investment scheme’, a judge ruled in May that it was “known and understood by all concerned to be a tax avoidance scheme.”
Last month, the only member of Take That not to be embroiled in the scandal, Jason Orange, announced his departure from the group – although he insisted this had nothing to do with the tax avoidance scheme.
Today, the newly downsized Take That premiered their latest single ‘These Days’ on Radio 2 before announcing that their album ‘III’ is to be released in December.
Speaking about the record, Gary Barlow revealed that it took a while to get it finished due to having to wait on Jason’s definitive decision to leave the band.
He said: “We’d been promising our fans for two years now ‘this record’s coming’, and like Mark said, we got to the beginning of the year and we said to J ‘listen, we’ve got to start this record’.
“We waited and waited until the last point, and we’re rushing everything now because we finally got a decision and we have to respect that. We want to move forward as a three right now.”
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