Robbie Williams has said that Gary Barlow is going through the toughest time of his life after his daughter, Poppy, was delivered stillborn last month.

The Candy singer, who is expecting a little girl with wife Ayda, said: ''You know, Gaz is the most solid man I know, way more solid than me. He has the ability to put things in compartments. But this is the most testing thing he's ever had to go through, I'm sure.

''It's just one of those things where we'll see how it goes when I see him, but it's obviously a very, very sad time for both him, Dawn and the kids. It's the heaviest, heaviest thing, and, like I say, Gaz is so together. We'll sit down and have a proper chat at some point but so far it hasn't happened.''

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Robbie further explained that he has only seen Gary once since the tragedy, adding: ''We were at an awards ceremony, it's not the place to talk about anything. It was very much surface stuff. But we shall be spending time together soon.''