Let’s just say I haven’t been keeping up the Gary Barlow persona; I’ve let loose.
I’m doing a two-hour show every day, so you can eat what you want.
When I was born, I was effectively dead. Weird, I know. The doctors couldn’t get any reaction from me, so I had to be brought round, and although it seemed like I was okay, there were underlying problems.
We’ve always described our sound as a bit more guitar driven than normal pop music. Kind of Pink in a boy band form. We’ve heard a few people say that so now we use it. I think Pink is amazing person to be compared to.
When you have more than two people working together, it gets a bit unfocused as an idea.
I’ve still got both kidneys, but one doesn’t work, so I have to be careful not to drink too much, even water, and I have to keep myself as healthy as possible.
I was born three weeks early, and I kept being ill. From the age of zero to four, I was always in hospital having tests done, but they couldn’t find out what was wrong. They discovered that one of my kidneys wasn’t working properly, and it had scarred. I had to have 32 injections in my arm in the morning and evening to try and make me better.
I think the whole thing, boy band, it’s a little bit of a dirty word. They say it’s not a good thing to be in a boy band. We want to change that. We want to make the boy band cool. It’s not just about dancing and dressing the same.
I think I’ve changed a little bit. I don’t know whether it’s for the better or for the worse at the moment. I’ve settled into a different mind frame now… being a bit wilder maybe!
It’s important to have a life outside the band.
I was always called Payne or Payno.
I really liked one girl and asked her out 22 times, but she always said no. Finally I sang to her, and she said she’d go out with me.
I was ill. I was told I was stressed, so I had to get everything checked out. I didn’t think I was, but someone told me I was. As a result, I went to get a blood test. I’d never had one before, so I held my breath when I was getting it done. That caused me to go into a fit.
I’d just like to be able to walk outside as everyone does and enjoy time with my friends, not feel bad for not wanting to take a picture.
Being a fan of someone’s show and the way they still hold a family together doesn’t mean I am OK with all they say.