Gary Barlow has compared troubled Ant McPartlin to his Take That bandmate Robbie Williams.
The 47-year-old spoke about the TV presenter, after he checked himself into rehab once again after being charged with drink driving.
Speaking to The Sun, Gary compared Ant’s situation to his long-time pal and former bandmate Robbie Williams, who has struggled with addiction for years.
“I don’t really know what happened. It’s the same as Rob, everyone just wants the best for him,” Gary said. “It could have been a lot worse than it was, thank God no one got seriously hurt.”
“I just want him to get better, because we’ve all grown up seeing those guys on telly, they’re a TV fixture. Every few months I love to watch them, they’re incredibly funny. I send the best to him,” he continued.
Gary also admitted that he and the rest of his Take That band members “constantly” worry about Robbie.
“He loses his way a bit and it really goes to show how haunted he is by that side of life. All of us worry about him constantly. He’s still the baby of the band to us. He was 15 when he joined Take That, just about to be 16.”
“He loses his way a bit and it really goes to show how haunted he is by that side of his life,” he added.
Over the years, Robbie has been vocal about his addiction problem.
In an interview with The Sun last month, Robbie said, “Fortunately and unfortunately, left to my own devices, I’m inclined to sabotage everything. I’ve got a disease that wants to kill me and it’s in my head, so I have to guard against that.”
“Sometimes it overwhelms me and sometimes it’s a tool I need to get on stage. Sometimes I live in bliss and it’s wonderful.
“But most of the time I’m human – having a human experience, trying to deal with the trials and tribulations of what goes on between my ears. The things I’ve put myself through, I’ve been close to… It’s like, ‘By the grace of God go I’. It’s been so close so many times.”
However, Robbie has credited his wife Ayda Field for helping him stay clean.