Traumatic reason why Gary Barlow can no longer take the Tube
Gary Barlow hasn’t been able to take the London Underground in 13 years – because he could have been killed in the 7/7 terror attacks.
The Take That singer was just 30 feet away from the Edgware Road train that exploded when a terrorist’s bomb-filled rucksack detonated, killing seven people on board the tube including suicide bomber Mohammad Sidique Khan.
Gary was stuck on the train for an hour after the explosion, surrounded by screaming and crying passengers.
"We were on a train that was heading into the Edgware Road tunnel – as the train pulled out the explosion went off," he told the Sun .
"When the bomb went off it was just the most unbelievable force and were all kind of on top of one another. It had taken our legs from under us. It was almost like the force of it was in your jaw, it was so powerful."
The star went on: "It was really terrifying. Our carriage filled with dust and smoke and everyone was dusty and black. And we got off there really not knowing that there was anything else happening around."
Gary can no longer ride the Tube because of the trauma.
"I would be terrified on there," he admitted.
Gary has recently opened up about other traumatic events in his life, including the day he and wife Dawn lost their baby daughter Poppy at birth.
The singer – who is also dad to Daniel, 18, Emily, 16, and Daisy, nine – revealed in his new autobiography A Better Me that he and Dawn spent time cuddling Poppy after she was stillborn in August 2012.
"It was one of the best hours of my life I’ve ever experienced in the midst of the hardest time of my life," he writes in the book.
"It was very powerful, that hour was. Poppy looked perfect and for an hour she was alive to us. She’s in your arms, this beautiful little daughter of ours, a sister to our three other children."
He adds: "There’s no sadder sight than seeing a mum with her dead baby in her arms, willing it back to life with all her being."
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