Take That star Howard Donald hospitalised after singer’s lung collapsed

Take That star Howard Donald has revealed that his lungs collapsed on stage but he continued to perform.

The singer did his signature backflip during the band’s sold out gig in Vienna when he suffered the serious injury that led to him being hospitalised for days.

When asked by band mate Gary Barlow about the incident during the fourth episode of the Take That: This Life podcast, he recalled: “I did my Arab Spring backflip and then when I went into the splits.

“It was almost like my rib cage had gone over my hip, caught my hip and separated my lungs.

“On your ribcage, there’s a little bit of gel that makes your lungs rub against your ribs,” he explained. “That separated so therefore the lung had deflated.

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“I did the whole show because it just hurt. I just thought I’d hurt myself here and then I did another two shows out of breath… We went to the doctors in Vienna. He took an x-ray and said your lungs collapsed.”

The 55-year-old admitted that the diagnosis made him “feel like a failure”.

“It was such a very strange feeling because I felt like my body had failed me,” he said.

“At that moment in time, I felt like a failure because I thought I’d let everyone down here because I’m gonna be in hospital now for like three or four days.”

In the chat, which also included band member Mark Owen, the group mused over their first Wembley gig as well as meeting Princess Margaret. The group also revealed they have also suffered other major injuries during dance routines.

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Mark commented: “Howard’s had two [dislocated fingers] and I can never forget…”

Howard added: “That moment when you see a finger… You look at your finger and imagine it being like that and your finger pointing that way and literally as soon as you see, you feel all your blood go…

“I’m gonna faint in a minute.”

Gary then quizzed: “You kept dancing right?” His bandmate replied: “I went off and then two songs later they put my finger in a lollipop stick.”

The discussion comes as their former band member Robbie Williams debuted his four part Netflix documentary on Wednesday to mixed reviews.

His four-part confessional shares never-before-seen footage from his personal life and career, and is largely narrated by Robbie as he watches his past self in his underwear.

The pop legend looks back at his whirlwind success with Take That and his solo career, whilst also shedding light on his struggles with addiction.

Take That: This Life podcast is available on all podcast platforms.

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