X Factor 2013: Gary Barlow (somewhat insensitively?) dubbed “The baby whisperer” after his Twitter message induces fan’s labour!

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As fans of X Factor judge and Take That singer Gary Barlow will of course know, he and his wife Dawn endured the horrendous trauma of losing their daughter – the couple’s fourth child – last August…

Little Poppy was stillborn after Dawn went into labour several weeks early. At the time, Gary issued a statement which read, “Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we’ve lost our baby.

“Poppy Barlow was delivered stillborn on August 4th 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 then bravely went on to continue his work on X Factor, and at the time, the next round was the Judges’ Houses stage, and he chose to remain in the UK so he could continue to support Dawn and the couple’s three children.

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However, yesterday, after a fan tweeted to Gary “Seven days overdue and can’t sleep a tweet would be lovely pretty please” he replied, “bless u and good luck.”

The Daily Mirror reports, “Emma, a shop assistant, from Stafford, West Mids, jumped for joy then went into contractions and was taken to hospital where she gave birth to Ella Rose.

“Barlow, 42, was dubbed the ‘baby whisperer’ by other Twitter users.

Emma told the paper, “I was like ‘oh my God!’ and jumping up and down in the living room.

“The next thing I felt a sharp labour pain and literally within 10 minutes I was in labour.”

Now, obviously we’re happy for Emma that things turned out as they did, but was it not just a tad insensitive to tweet Gary about babies and labour?

Maybe I’m just overly-sensitive?

For now, here’s a reminder of a news report about Gary and Dawn’s tragic loss…

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4 Responses to “X Factor 2013: Gary Barlow (somewhat insensitively?) dubbed “The baby whisperer” after his Twitter message induces fan’s labour!”

  1. ann says:

    If people constantly avoided tweeting Gary about kids, it would be like the big cat in the room. He’s always being tweeted pics of babies or posts about due births and he chooses to answer them, because that’s what you do in normal life; you embrace all of its aspects, even if, at some point, you were hurt. He has 3 kids of his own at home and I doubt they’re a reminder of his tragedy. His fans are treating him like they would any other person; it’s true that there are, from time to time, insensitive tweets and those are indeed hurtful (like asking him to be the spokesperson for the baby loss issue), but this one wasn’t. She was just sharing with him an important moment in her life, one he’s been through 3 times and could relate to.
    My problem would be more with the horrible tweets and threats he’s getting from deranged individuals, who shouldn’t be allowed to interact with any human being.

  2. Jaidi says:

    What’s insensitive is Unreality TV and The Daily Mirror making this media story out of nothing and dragging up the sad story of their loss again. There was absolutely no need.

  3. Jaidi says:

    Having read the Mirror piece, I take it back, their article is fine, it’s only you idiots at Unreality TV that have embellished it into an insensive, uneccessary, sensationslised piece of cheap ‘ journalism’.The Mirror article was tweeted to Gary this morning. He was amused and replied, “Perfect”. Feel stupid? Well you are.

  4. Hazel says:

    I think that’s a little harsh Jaidi – it’s just an opinion piece, the writer even says that in the text and like all of us Unreality TV are entitled to their opinion. IMHO I think its all OK, and actually really nice that fans can feel like they can tweet him about these things without worrying about it and he’s obviously ok with it as he replies to them. I do agree with Ann on the point she made about the occasional tweets asking for a RT for a closely linked cause/blog etc – I understand the need to raise awareness but think that’s a little insensitive. But overall I think the original story from the Daily Mirror is actually really sweet, and wish the new mum luck and it probably would’ve cheered him up after being completely robbed of the Celeb Dad of the Year award! ; )