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Take That star Gary Barlow has been voted Celebrity Dad Of The Year for the second time.
The 44-year-old was chosen by the British public as the famous father they thought was doing the best job of balancing parenting and life in the public eye in the icelolly.com sponsored competition for 2015.
Greatest Day singer Barlow, who was also handed the award in 2012, has three children - Daniel, Emily and Daisy - with his wife Dawn, and this year fought off competition from the likes of David Beckham, Simon Cowell, and even his former bandmate Robbie Williams to be crowned the winner.
Barlow, who is on a UK tour with remaining Take That bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen, said he was pleased to have won the prize yet again.
"I'm absolutely made-up to have been voted icelolly.com Celebrity Dad of the Year 2015 and I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me."
"I've got to be honest I'm always a bit dubious about awards - The Brits, Oscars...but icelolly.com Celebrity Dad of the Year get it right, and they've got it right twice now. I think 2012 and 2015 in particular the audience has spoken and they know what they want."
Take That star Gary Barlow gave a Merseyside bride a wedding she'll never forget when he appeared and sang on her big day.
Anita Jayne Morrissey-Booth had just got married to her new husband Alex in Knowsley when the Take That frontman appeared and sang A Million Love Songs at her reception.
It comes after Gary pledged in January that he would sing at three weddings in 2015 and since then has stayed true to his word.
Now you may think that Frodsham is just a small market town in Cheshire but it's actually famous for being the hometown of Take That frontman Gary Barlow AND writer of the Calendar Girls Tim Firth.
Well now they've teamed up to write a brand new musical called "The Girls" which will have it's world premiere in Salford next year.
Our Entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore headed to Yorkshire to meet this clever pair:
Take That star Gary Barlow, who was involved in a tax avoidance scandal this year, has claimed that fans of his music are "not interested" in his financial issues.
In an interview to launch the group's new album, the Frodsham born singer admitted that the tax situation was a "problem" but went on to say it was a private matter.
He came in for criticism earlier this year when it emerged that he, bandmates Howard Donald, Mark Owen and manager Jonathan Wild had invested tens of millions of pounds in what have been described as tax avoidance schemes.
Barlow kept his head down when the storm blew up earlier this year, waiting almost four months to post an "apology" on Twitter last month, as well as telling fans he had a new album.
In the message, he wrote: "I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by the tax stories earlier this year."
Speaking to today's Sun about the controversy, Barlow said: "It's a problem. It's something we've got to get to the bottom of and sort.
"Our fans, they want to buy our records and watch our tours. They're not interested."
He went on: "We can't talk about it and, to be honest, I don't want to talk about it. It's actually a private thing."
The group debuted their new single These Days on the radio this morning following the departure of Jason Orange. He was not involved in the tax scheme, but the group have denied his exit was anything to do with the financial arrangements.
David Cameron rejected calls for Barlow to hand back his OBE after he was ordered to pay back millions of pounds as a result of a court ruling that the scheme was set up for tax relief.
There are calls for the Take That singer and X-Factor judge Gary Barlow to hand back his OBE over allegations that he's been avoiding paying tax.
The singer along with two Take That bandmates paid into a scheme four years ago, at the time their lawyers claim they believed the investments were legitimate.
Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected calls for Take That star Gary Barlow to hand back his OBE over claims the pop star invested in a tax avoidance scheme.
Mr Cameron said he did not think that removing the honour from Barlow was "necessary".
I mean Gary Barlow has done a huge amount for the country, he has raised money for charity, he has done very well for Children in Need, so I'm not sure... the OBE is in respect of that work and what he has done.
But clearly what this scheme was was wrong and it is right that they are going to have to pay back the money.
I am against these aggressive tax avoidance schemes but I am not just against them - this Government has taken a huge amount of steps to legislate and toughen the laws and go after aggressive tax avoidance schemes for the very simple reason that if people go after these schemes and aggressively avoid tax they are making it the case that everyone else has to pay higher taxes as a result."
Barlow and two other members of Take That refused to comment on reports over the weekend that they face having to pay tens of millions of pounds in tax after a court ruled a partnership in which they invested was a tax avoidance scheme.
The singer along with Howard Donald, Mark Owen and their manager Jonathan Wild invested £66 million into two partnerships styled as music industry investment schemes, according to reports.
It is "not necessary" for Gary Barlow to return his OBE despite his involvement in an aggressive tax avoidance scheme, the Prime Minister has told Good Morning Britain.
David Cameron said the Take That singer had "done a huge amount for the country".
But the Prime Minister said the scheme that Barlow and bandmates Howard Donald and Mark Owen invested in was clearly "wrong" and said: "It's right that they are going to have to pay back the money."
The Take That trio may have to pay back £26 million after Judge Colin Bishop ruled that 51 partnerships set up by Icebreaker Management were used for tax avoidance purposes.
Take That star Gary Barlow is facing calls to hand back his OBE over claims he invested in a tax avoidance scheme.
Prime Minister David Cameron hit out at "aggressive" tax avoiders while senior MPs from across the political spectrum waded in to voice their displeasure.
The singer from Cheshire and two other members of Take That refused to comment on reports over the weekend that they face having to pay tens of millions of pounds in tax after a court ruled a partnership in which they invested was a tax avoidance scheme.
Barlow along with Howard Donald, Mark Owen and their manager Jonathan Wild invested £66 million into two-partnerships styled as music-industry investment schemes, according to reports.
Judge Colin Bishopp ruled that 51 partnerships set up by Icebreaker Management were to secure tax relief for members and HM Revenue and Customs is now expected to demand repayment.
It was alleged in 2012 that Barlow, Donald, Owen and Wild invested at least £26 million in a scheme run by Icebreaker Management. At the time Take That's lawyers insisted the bandmates believed the investments were legitimate enterprises and that all four named paid "significant tax".
Mr Cameron told The Times: "I am opposed to all aggressive tax avoidance." Barlow, who has previously been seen on the campaign trail with Mr Cameron, masterminded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert and was given an honour for services to the entertainment industry and to charity in 2012.
Labour's Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, who has brought a spotlight to bear on tax avoidance, said Barlow "might want to show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE".
A management company for three stars of pop band Take That has said it is "extremely disappointed" with a court ruling that they may need to pay millions of pounds after claims of tax avoidance.
Icebreaker Management set up 51 partnerships for investments totalling £26 million from Take That members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, but Judge Colin Bishopp said the partnerships - styled as music industry investment schemes - were used for tax avoidance.
Icebreaker Management said it was considering the ruling and whether to appeal, but HMRC said: "We will not tolerate abuse of the system by people trying to dodge their tax obligations."