Take That star Howard Donald, 52, who has remained in the band since forming in 1990, decided to take his son Dougie Bear, four, for a hair cut before starting school. After he was turned away by the hairdresser because his son wasn’t wearing a mask, the pop star said it is “pure bulls**t” as he addressed the heated situation on Twitter.
Howard shares his two sons, Dougie, and Bowie, five, with his wife, Katie Halil.
He also has his two daughters, Grace, 20, and Lola, nine, from two separate previous relationships.
“I’m fuming,” Howard began to tell his 206,000 Twitter followers.
“Just taken my 4 year old to get his haircut and they refused unless he was wearing a mask!!!”
He explained: “It’s 11 and above according to the rules. Yes covid is real especially when it comes to old and the vulnerable.”
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Howard continued in an additional post: “But to make little kids wear masks is pure bulls**t just like the world which is turning into scare mongering bulls**t regime!
“Please don’t let the governments turn this into a “new normal” otherwise.”
Following up in another tweet, he added: “Your kids kids will be asking u why didn’t you allow this c**p and where did our freedoms go?
“The hairdresser in question obviously took the scare mongering to a whole new level which unfortunately is where society is going unless we stand for our freedoms back.”
Another social media user weighed in on the conversation and opened up about their “damaged nervous system”.
They wrote: “With 2/3 lung capacity and a damaged nervous system affecting my breathing, your blasé attitude towards the virus, which genuinely has the potential to kill me or change my life forever, scares me more than the government and media. Please think about the reality of this virus.”
Howard then shared their response onto his profile and added: “Of course! I’ve already mentioned it’s understandable for the old and vulnerable to wear them to stay safe.
“It’s about the bigger picture and the control governments are having on the masses. Massive lockdowns where people aren’t even allowed out affecting mental health.”
Howard decided to conclude his thoughts after one fan told him to “stay out of politics”.
The father-of-four announced: “I’m allowed my opinion, if u don’t like it tough. This isn’t just a platform for my career it’s also about life and I care for people’s life especially my family.
“But life as we used to know it is disappearing and people are letting it happen.”
Howard went on to stress: “Anyway goodnight. Next weeks rant will be on a Wednesday,” which was followed by a laughing face emoji.