Former Take That star Gary Barlow has signed up to a special course to conquer his fear of flying.

The 42-year-old Greatest Day singer has enrolled in Virgin Atlantic's Flying Without Fear course.

Speaking to The Mirror, the X Factor judge said: "I'm scared of flying, especially the take-off. I just don't like it, and yet I have to do so much of it.

"I get really nervous. I do just get on with it and do it because I have to really, but I don't like it and it kind of ruins the whole day because I'm working myself up so much about getting on a plane."

He continued: "Someone from Virgin offered me a course that they do and I said, 'Listen, I'll bring ten other people I know who are really scared'. Apparently once you've done it you're never worried again."

Barlow added: "They talk you through all the noises and explain that this thing is happening for that reason.

"I don't know if it's hypnotherapy or what exactly they do, but it's meant to be brilliant and only takes an hour."

Gary's third album Since I Saw You Last is released today.