Owen's Doubts Over Take That Ballad
MARK OWEN has "mixed feelings" about a love song on TAKE THAT's new album - because the ballad reminds him of his own marriage problems following revelations of his affairs.
In March (10), the singer publicly admitted cheating on his longtime partner Emma Ferguson, who he married in late 2009, with at least 10 different women.
He also owned up to a decade-long alcohol problem and checked into rehab to deal with his addiction.
Owen is preparing to release Progress with Take That next month (Nov10), but admits he worries fans will assume new track What Do You Want From Me is about his own love life.
The song features the lines: "It's been a difficult year/ I like to think of us moving on/ I still think I'm in love with you/ Still want to make love to you."
Owen insists he wrote the song with his bandmates before his marital woes made headlines, but he still relates it to his troubles.
He tells Britain's Q magazine, "Even now part of me is going, 'Maybe it doesn't have to be on there.' It's a song that's always going to be related to a time in my life that was very difficult.
"The song was written before everything came about. It was written as an optimistic song and then, when everything happened, it took on a different connotation. I have to keep reminding myself that it was written looking ahead at a future together. There's mixed feelings in my stomach about it. Do I need to put myself through that? But then it's good to confront things and be open."