Bee Gees star Barry Gibb reveals abuse as a child: 'A man tried to molest me'

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Barry Gibb has said he was sexually abused by a man when he was just four years old.

Barry Gibb has opened up about being preyed upon when he was a child (Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images)
Barry Gibb has opened up about being preyed upon when he was a child (Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images)

The Bee Gees star was not touched but he was preyed upon by the predator and “other things happened” when he was a child.

Barry, 70, was born in the Isle of Man but grew up in the North West of England and in Australia, and said police interviewed him and other boys in the middle of the night and the experience shattered his innocect view of the world.

“A man tried to molest me when I was about four. He didn’t touch me, but other things happened, and happened to other kids.

“Eventually they came and arrested him and they woke me up. Four years old and a policeman on your bed at four in the morning, interviewing you.

Barbara Gibb was the matriarch of the Gibb family, which included her sons in the Bee Gees (Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb, shown here) and Andy Gibb. She passed away on Aug. 12 at age 95, after outliving three of her children: Andy, Maurice, and Robin. (Photo: AP/Michael Caulfield)
Barbara Gibb with Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb. She passed away on Aug. 12 at age 95, after outliving three of her children. (Photo: AP/Michael Caulfield)

“If that doesn’t teach you about life, nothing does. But it’s vivid for me still. I’ve never told anyone.”

The Stayin’ Alive singer refused to elaborate on what the man did to him because he said the details were unpleasant.

And Barry admitted to having more unnerving encounters while living Down Under.

Speaking to the Radio Times, he shared: “In Australia there were a lot of returned soldiers that were damaged.

The Bee Gees, Barry (left) and Robin Gibb pose for photographers after recieving honorary degree’s (Doctor of Music) at The University of Manchester. The brothers also accepted a posthumous Honorary Degree on behalf of their late brother Maurice, who died in January 2003.
The Bee Gees, Barry (left) and Robin Gibb pose for photographers after recieving honorary degree’s (Doctor of Music) at The University of Manchester. The brothers also accepted a posthumous Honorary Degree on behalf of their late brother Maurice, who died in January 2003.

“They’d drive up, open the car door and say, ‘You want to go for a drive?’. ‘F*** off!'”

Barry – who is due to perform at Glastonbury in the legends slot on the Pyramid stage this weekend – is the only surviving Gibb brother. He also claimed that the entertainment industry has a similarly sinister side.

“I learned to say, ‘Not avai­­lable’ and move the other way,” he added.

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