Gary Barlow plans to “delay” his 50th birthday for a year.

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

The Take That singer is due to reach the milestone age in January but he doesn’t want to plan too much because of the coronavirus pandemic, so thinks the best thing to do will be to simply stay 49 until 2022.

He told Heat magazine: "It's the most terrible time of year my birthday. It's the 20th of January. No one wants to go out, it's freezing cold.

"To go anywhere nice, you've got to fly for 12 hours and I don't really want to get on a plane at the moment, if I'm honest.

"I'm losing hope, help me here! I'm dreading it now. I was looking forward to it at one point...

"I think the best idea for anyone who has significant birthdays within this net year is to just delay it by a year.

"Be 49 for another year and then celebrate being 50 in 2022. That's the best idea. And then you'll always be younger - it's a great idea."

Gary had been planning a special birthday concert but admitted that’s unlikely to take place either.

He said: "I booked the London Palladium and I was going to do a show. I was going to pick 2,000 people from our fan club. And yeah, I don't think it's going to happen.

"I need to rethink... I'm going to do it the following year. I've decided actually, I'm going to do it the following year - who cares?”

And the ‘Patience’ hitmaker believes making music helps him to stay young.

He added: "I think this keeps me young. I still feel so excited by what I do, you know? Especially when I'm in the middle of a project, I can't wait to get into the studio every day.

"I still look through a child's eyes at what this is. I just love it so much. It definitely keeps me young."