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Last Bee Gee Barry Gibb Laments ‘I’ve Lost All My Brothers’

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Singer Barry Gibb is the last Bee Gees member still alive, and admits that he is haunted by the fact that he never really built positive relationships with his brothers and bandmates before they died.

Gibb became deeply depressed last year after his brother Robin lost his battle with cancer. The made Gibb the last Bee Gee alive (his brother Maurice died in 2003 and his youngest brother Andy passed in 1988). Gibb says that he was never really that close to his brothers, and laments that they drifted apart in their later years.

Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb is haunted by the fact he didn’t get along with his brothers and bandmates Maurice and Robin when they were alive.

“You see, it wasn’t just the loss of my brothers, it was the fact we didn’t really get on. And so I’ve lost all of my brothers without being friends with them,” he said in an interview with the Daily Mail.

“When Maurice passed, Robin and I just didn’t feel like the Bee Gees anymore, because the Bee Gees were the three of us. So while Robin went around saying, ‘I’ll always be a Bee Gee’, he didn’t really want that: he wanted to be Robin Gibb, solo artist. … During the last five years, Robin and I could not connect in any way. A similar situation, I can imagine, would probably be Lennon and McCartney. That same kind of distance occurred between them. The fact that you couldn’t get over obstacles or issues in your life.”

Gibb also said that he wasn’t able to say a proper goodbye to his brothers before they died.

“What drove me down was that we didn’t get a chance to really say goodbye. The only time I felt we made up was when I kissed Robin on the head the last time I saw him before he died. I didn’t get to see Andy before he died, and I never got to Maurice before he died. Mo [Maurice] died in two days, so that was very quick and a great shock to everyone.”

Even though he can’t change the fact that he is the last Bee Gee alive, do you think that Barry Gibb should be so hard on himself for his relationships with his brothers?

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4 Responses to “Last Bee Gee Barry Gibb Laments ‘I’ve Lost All My Brothers’”

  1. Chris Haley

    The Bee Gee's were a massive band able to rival the Beatles in the late 60's with the quality of their songs and harmonies. Then they were able to re invent themselves for the disco 70's with more memorable songs. After that they wrote great songs for many other artists who made them famous. This all puts them into the very top echelon of the last 50 years of popular music as one of the top 10 selling artists of all time. Many of us would consider all this a tremendous achievement they would be proud to be associated with, so Barry, don't feel guilty, for a family working so close together is a tricky feat and you have left great musical memories for millions.

  2. Jennifer Jones

    I am happy Barry is still around. Just know you are an integral part of musical history and so many people's memories. I wish you nothing but the best. Stay positive. We want you around for a long, long time :)

  3. Chris Haley

    Brothers are often not so close. It's our job to go out and make our world and that takes us away from our brother(s) doing the same thing. Perhaps he should have performed No Regrets? I've a DVD of the Bee Gees from 1997 and Barry still looked great in his fifties. he was an inspiration to us all in our late middle age dotage!

  4. David Addison

    It does sadden me to learn this, having lost my brother at an early age has always made me enjoy seeing brothers suceed together. Barry being the oldest and the heart thob he is, made me wonder if thier was any jealousy amoung them, but I always thought they were close especially in the ladder years. I'm sure they all new the others had thier back. But even so what a classic they are.