Take That's Howard Donald reveals he had secret girlfriend in the 1990s
Howard Donald had a secret girlfriend during his heyday with Take That and used to conceal her identity from the public by making her hide under a blanket in his car.
Howard Donald had a secret girlfriend during his heyday with Take That.
The 55-year-old pop star shot to fame alongside Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, and Robbie Williams as part of the multi-million-selling boyband in the early 1990s but revealed that he felt so "on edge" about having his love life made public back in the day that he would go to great lengths to conceal his relationship at the time.
Speaking on the ' Take That: This Life ' podcast, he said: "I have to apologise to one of my girlfriends. When I turned up with my girlfriend at the house, I used to get her on the back seat, duck down in between the seats and put a blanket over her.
"I’d drive up the back and I had these steps leading down to where the house was. I’d go down and talk to the fans purposefully so they disappeared – then she could come down and come into the house. You were so on edge about having a girlfriend."
The 'Back For Good' hitmaker - who has been married to Katie Halil since 2015 and has Bowie, seven, and six-year-old Dougie Bear with her but also has Grace, 25, and 18-year-old Lola from previous relationships - went on to apologise to Christine and regrets that she had to endure such a time.
He said: "Honestly, in my head, I thought I am going to behave for a few years. I thought, ‘Have I got enough money to build a tunnel that goes through the wall and to where the car park is?’ I’m apologising now. Sorry, Christine, that I had to put you through that.”