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Gary Barlow: Take That Fans Don’t Care About Tax Avoidance Scandal

It was a scandal that could have had the potential to ruin their reputations.
Gary Barlow: Take That Fans Don’t Care About Tax Avoidance Scandal
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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.
Gary Barlow: Take That Fans Don’t Care About Tax Avoidance Scandal
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“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.”
Gary Barlow: Take That Fans Don’t Care About Tax Avoidance Scandal
By MazSight

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.Gary Barlow: Take That Fans Don’t Care About Tax Avoidance Scandal
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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.”

[Jason Orange left Take That to 'avoid fame']
[ Gary Barlow Apologizes For Tax Scandal ]

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