Woman catfished by fake Gary Barlow on Facebook finally meets Take That star

A woman catfished by a man pretending to be Gary Barlow has finally met the Take That star. Janet Smith spent a week thinking she was talking to the real singer, who she believed she'd added as a friend on Facebook.

But the 62-year-old became suspicious when the scammer bombarded her with compliments and said he had "split up", which Janet took to mean from his wife. She eventually got the fraudster to reveal their 'true identity' and was told he was actually a 24-year-old from Nigeria, who apologised and said he really did love her and asked for cash.

The real Gary Barlow reached out to Janet when he heard what happened - and invited her to Take That's show Carrow Road gig in Norwich on Tuesday, May 28. The Greatest Day singer even met the pizza restaurant worker before the concert and she gave him a box of Milk Tray "for the boys".

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Janet, who lives in Colchester, Essex, said: "Gary came running down the corridor saying hello and gave me a hug. He said he was so sorry about what happened and asked how I was - it was lovely. He came out with a jogging suit on. He wasn't snobby. He was down to earth.

"I bought him a mug, some Mars bars and some Milk Tray chocolates for the boys. He loved the mug and got a picture of us with it. He's very kind - fame hasn't gone to his head. It was like seeing a friend in the street. I told him I love dancing and showed him a dance, and he said 'we need people like you' and said he loved my vibe."

She continued: "I was laughing and he was laughing - he's really kind and friendly. He gave me a cuddle and didn't judge me. I always live each day like it could be your last. I don't think he's going to forget me. Even when he went he was shouting goodbye, it was wonderful."