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  • 3 September 2014, 13:17

Gary Barlow Sorry Over Tax Avoidance Stories

Gary Barlow has apologised for stories about his controversial tax arrangements - four months after a tribunal ruled that he had been involved in an "aggressive" tax avoidance scheme.

While he did not say sorry directly for his decision to use the Icebreaker scheme, the Take That performer said he was sorry if any of his fans had been upset by coverage about it.

He wrote on Twitter: "I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by the tax stories earlier this year.

"With a new team of accountants, we are working to settle things with all parties involved ASAP.

"We have been working since the New Year on a new Take That studio album and we are extremely excited about it! It has been four long years since the last one."

Although some of his 3.5 million followers were excited to hear about the band's new material, others ridiculed Barlow for being involved in the so-called investment scheme.

Nick Buckel tweeted: "Nice of Gary Barlow to apologise for any offence caused by the tax stories. Not the actual avoidance of tax, just the reporting of it."

Barlowhad previously been taking a break from Twitter after someone hacked his account and wrote "upsetting and disturbing" messages.

And while many criticised the singer songwriter, devoted fans said they were ecstatic he had returned to the micro-blogging site, with one follower telling Barlow "he had made some ladies very happy tonight".

In May, David Cameron rejected growing calls for Barlow to return his OBE, after a judge ordered him to pay back millions of pounds to the taxman.

The Prime Minister, who is the MP for Barlow's constituency, said such a move was unnecessary because the former X Factor judge had "raised money for charity".

But Mr Cameron's opponents claimed his staunch defence of the star amounted to double standards, as he previously criticised the comedian Jimmy Carr for his involvement in a comparable tax scheme.

Barlow had been joined by band members Howard Donald and Mark Owen, and their manager Jonathan Wild, in using the Icebreaker scheme - with the four men allegedly investing 66m into two partnerships.

The 43-year-old has been working in the US for the past seven weeks, helping to produce a Broadway musical called Finding Neverland.

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