The 49-year-old star, at the top of the charts, has lived in the spotlight since the early 1990s, when Take That entered the music scene.
But life in lockdown has taught the Relight My Fire singer that he enjoys spending time with his wife Dawn and their children rather than hoisting his suitcases and musical instruments around the world.
In a candid new interview, the singer – whose latest solo album, Music Played By Humans, topped the album charts this month – signaled that his days of major touring were over.
He told People Magazine, “In the past I did 150 flights a year.
“Sometimes I didn’t bother to unpack my suitcase because I would be gone in a few days. ”
Revealing the lockdown changed his outlook on life, Gary continued, “After this year, I don’t want to start doing what I used to do again. I mean, I absolutely loved being at home. I really loved having enough time to be with everyone and enjoy it. ”
Having become thoughtful, the singer went on to suggest that he is proud of the catalog of works he has created over his nearly half-century of life.
He said, “I have so many great times looking back, but the other great thing is I’m almost 50 now and being a songwriter and having lived a life is fun.
“Because you can’t write songs for almost anything. You have to write about something and have a life. Living a life is as important as being able to write songs.
“Because without life you have no song. So, it’s nice to be here now. ”
Taking to Twitter earlier this month to express his gratitude for his album hitting number 1, Gary wrote, “Well guess what, we did it, we are the # 1 sales album this. week!
“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported me and this record means so much to me. ”
However, he hinted that he would be back on tour as soon as Covid regulations allow, adding, “Thank you, thank you, thank you very much. Now, let’s put this thing on the stage, guys, God bless you, see you soon. ”