As a boy band veteran with a musical career spanning nearly quarter of a century, Gary Barlow is well-qualified to give advice to even the most successful of young acts.
And that's exactly what he's done for One Direction, telling The X Factor's most-successful graduates that they should stick together through thick and thin.
"There will be rows in a band but you are brothers," he told The Sun.
"They might be close sometimes and sometimes not, but it's part of the foundations — the boys have to take care of one another and look after one another.
"You are having an amazing run and it's brilliant. You can’t walk away from that — why would you?
"Whenever I've met them they seem incredibly adult about the whole thing."
And perhaps thinking about the past animosity between Robbie Williams and Take That, he urged the 1D boys to stay together for the foreseeable future.
"I think it’s brilliant there is such a group representing Britain. If there's any suggestion of trouble, they need to hang on in there. It's way too early to be thinking about splitting up."
Uncle Gazza is currently touring the UK in support of his Since I Saw You Last album.
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