Take That cancel world tour plans after illness in Gary Barlow’s family

"I just have to be at home - I cannot leave."

Take That have shelved plans to head out on a world tour to celebrate their 30th anniversary after one of Gary Barlow’s family members fell ill.

The iconic group had planned to visit Australia and South America as part of a global arena tour, but they will now consign the dates to Europe so Barlow can remain close to his family.

Barlow told the Daily Mirror: “We had a big ambition next year to do a world tour, but I have actually got an illness in my family and it means I am not going to travel for the next two years extensively.

“So all the plans for South America and Australia that were coming off…

“I thank my two band mates who have been so very understanding, but I just have to be at home – I cannot leave. I didn’t want people getting frustrated that we’re not getting out there. I’m a little stuck at the moment, so please be understanding.”

Gary Barlow

Take That’s Gary Barlow

At present, their UK dates remain unaffected, with an arena/stadium tour kicking off next May.

Meanwhile, Coldplay’s Chris Martin recently recorded a bizarre video to mark the 30th anniversary of the group.

The clip on Take That’s twitter sees Martin delivering a dance routine to Take That’s ‘Do What You Like’ in his back garden. He just so happens to be wearing a leather waistcoat that the band would probably take a shine to in their 90s heyday too.

“Oh hi, it’s Chris. 30 years on and I’m still auditioning and I’m waiting to hear from my favourite boyband of all time, Take That”, Martin remarks.

“They never call me, but I’m never gonna give up! I’ll be back for good, because I pray that you’ll want me in your band some day”.