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Stars have been taking to Twitter and Instagram with just hours to go until the Brit Awards 2015.


Robbie Williams 'left in agony' after live shows

Robbie Williams has told how his live shows left him in agony battling back pain and muscle spasms after performances on his Swings Both Ways tour.

The 40-year-old on-off Take That star told how he had to sit out the annual Soccer Aid charity football match he organised because of the difficulties he was having.

Robbie Williams, who is renowned for his energetic performances, had to scale back on his football due to the back pain. Credit: PA

"The day after Belfast was spent in bed with it completely spasming - like tooth ache under my shoulder blades. Oh the joys of getting older," he told fans on his website.

His next show is at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Sunday.


Gary Barlow urged to hand back OBE over tax row

Take That star Gary Barlow has been urged to hand back his OBE after a tribunal ruled he had invested in a scheme set up to avoid paying millions of pounds of tax.

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said Labour's Margaret Hodge said Barlow "might want to show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE".

Take That singer Gary Barlow received his OBE from the Queen in 2012. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke agreed, telling The Times: "People who have seriously abused the tax system should be stripped of their honours."

Barlow, who led plans for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert, was given an honour for services to the entertainment industry and to charity in 2012.

PM: 'Not necessary' for Gary Barlow to give back OBE

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 stars' investor 'disappointed' with tax ruling

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.

Take That singers Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Gary Barlow. Credit: PA

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."

Take That stars 'face multi-million pound tax bill'

Take That's Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen have today refused to comment on reports that they face having to pay tens of millions of pounds in tax after a court ruling.

Take That's Howard Donald, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen. Credit: PA

The three band members invested at least £26 million into two-partnerships styled as music-industry investment schemes, The Times reported, but yesterday Judge Colin Bishopp ruled that 51 partnerships set up by Icebreaker Management were used for tax avoidance purposes.

In his ruling, the judge said: "The Icebreaker scheme is, and was known and understood by all concerned to be, a tax avoidance scheme."

Take That's lawyers insisted the bandmates believed the investments, which were made in 2012, were legitimate enterprises and that all four named paid "significant tax", according to reports.

There has been no suggestion that fellow Take That bandmates Jason Orange and Robbie Williams were involved in the scheme.

A spokesman for Take That said today there was no comment from Barlow, Donald or Owen.

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