Gary Barlow on Take That's split

The songwriter supreme says the split 'evaporated' his ability to pen tracks.

When the boys disbanded in the 90s fans were left devastated. Barlow thus launched a solo career but a lack of chart success made it hard to find inspiration to write a chart-topper.

"I don't know if it was writer's block because I would come up with stuff but it was just rubbish", he told The Sun . "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."

He went on to say that writing songs relies heavily on believing in yourself and that's it's very difficult if you don't.

"Most of what you do - the big part of you - is gone, it's evaporated. Your question is, 'Is it going to come back?' I ended up with no confidence as a writer...Doing something with all your confidence stripped is hard - it would have been better to take 10 years off".

During his time away from Take That he wrote tracks for the likes of Dame Shirley Bassey, Charlotte Church and Will Young but then quickly got his songwriting cap back on when the boys reformed in 2006.

Back on top: Gary co-wrote the boy's comeback single 'Patience' which went to number 1.

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