Speaking about his own recovery, Barlow added: “2003 – it was the day when I just went, ‘No, I’m not having this anymore, I’m going to change. I want to change and I’m determined that this is not who I’ve become’.
“It only took a few years to get that low, but it took me years to get back to who I wanted to be. 10 years probably.”
More recently in 2021, Barlow spoke again about his complex relationship with food and the dietary changes he made to lose unwanted weight. Speaking with James Corden he said: “I had a rough period with food that I’m not proud of, where I really lost control of myself.
“I remember one particular day just thinking: ‘How have I got here?’ I was just so disappointed with myself. I turned my brain on to sorting out what I ate. The trouble is the food I love – Chinese, chips, crisps. They were giving me a couple of minutes of a food coma, taking me out of the real world. It’s just not good, that.”