Gary Barlow has opened up about the day his daughter was stillborn in harrowing detail.
The former Take That star details the painful day in full in his new autobiography, A Better Me, due to be released on October 4.
Gary, who is dad to Daniel, 18, Emily, 16, and Daisy, nine, and his wife Dawn lost their baby girl Poppy in 2012.
Poppy was full term when she was stillborn on August 4.
And in his book, Gary wrote about the time he and Dawn, who he married in 2000, spent with their late child, cradling her in their arms and posing for the only photographs they’d ever get to take of her.
In an extract of his new book released to The Sun: "It was one of the best hours of my life I’ve ever experienced in the midst of the hardest time of my life. 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.
"Then the reality comes rushing into the room and all the air leaves your lungs. It felt like someone had a hand held tight at my throat. The nurses start hovering and they want to take her away. What we experienced and saw over those 24 hours no one should have to see or have to go through.
"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."
* Gary Barlow: A Better Me is due to be released on October 4
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