Always the quiet ones

Back in the days when Take That were big (the first time round, we mean), Mark Owen was portrayed as a sweet little thing for whom butter wouldn’t even melt in his sweaty armpit. He was just the sort of androgynous pretty boy that teenage girls go mad for and he would never do anything like say, serially cheat on his girlfriend and mother of his children, would he? Oh hang on, what’s that? All our teenage fantasies have been smashed into teeny tiny pieces? Yes they have.

‘I have been an idiot, a d**khead, a kn*bhead. All of the above and more,’ said Owen (who has since married Emma Ferguson and put it in his pants) to The Sun, about his philandering ways. ‘It's about me, my mistakes, nobody else is to blame. I don't know how many girls there were in all. Maybe ten. I have been living with the guilt. It has always been there - you carry it around with you. It held me back in my relationship with Emma. I wouldn't have done any of this if I had my time again.

‘Emma is really strong and I know she will do what is right for her and the kids. I support that and I really appreciate that. She loved me - she still does love me - and I have let her down. That's the truth of it.’

Owen had bedded a string of girls as well as conducted a five/year affair with accounts manager Neva Hanley behind his missus' back, but now he says that his cheating days are done.

'I know it sounds really stupid but on our wedding day, for me the ring is really important and I want to be true to my word. This had to happen for me to move on. It would have always been there. I could never have been fully open with Emma, with myself, with anybody. Now I can.'

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