How Did He Really Feel?

Mo and brothers

April 8, 2016

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This week we read about a fan who wonders about Barry and what really went on during all those years.

Claire-New York

I became a fan of the Bee Gees when I was about 10. I think it was 1980, and they were world-famous. I was in love with Barry, just like every other girl in the world, I think, but it wasn’t for the reason that he was sexy and gorgeous.

I was an oldest child in a family with two sets of twins. It was hard for me growing up in a big family with all the responsibility I had, and I would just escape with the music and get lost in Bee Gee magazines and posters. There were times every week or sometimes every day that I felt a little separated from my brothers and sisters because they were twins and they seemed to have a special gift for knowing each other’s thoughts and feelings. I was the one left out, but I tried to be OK with that. It didn’t always work. There were battles and anger and bad feelings sometimes just because we were different.

I wondered what Barry was going through and how he really felt because it was really obvious to me that Robin and Maurice had that “twin thing” going on. I was young, but I was really mature for my age, and I identified with Barry because I knew he had tons of pressure on him to be a leader and he wasn’t always as close to his brothers because they were twins. I just knew it had to be that way because I lived it.

I was in awe of him. He seemed to always have it together, but I’m sure that wasn’t always the case. Fights happen in families, and the twins do stick together, I know that for sure.

Anyone who lives with twin siblings knows that it’s hard to be strong sometimes. I think Barry Gibb has been the strongest music star I’ve ever known. He was a star when he was a child, and he’s a legend now. I know he must think back on his twin brothers and all the challenges he overcame, and I love him for succeeding and never giving up. I think he must have felt like I felt at times, dealing with twin mentality, which is impossible to explain.

I am close with my brothers and sisters now, and I thank God for them;but I know that isolation is always a part of our relationship at times, and I’m all right with that now. I think Barry is tough and resilient and amazing, and I’ll be his fan forever.






About morobinbarrystories

Anne Jakowenko, the blog author, has been loving the Bee Gees for decades while raising her sons and teaching college students Speech Communication and English skills at her alma mater, Syracuse University, where she received her Master’s degree. She has also taught for SUNY Oswego and Barry University. Currently, Anne is teaching for the State College of Florida while she continues to collect stories for her book, My Life with the Boys.
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2 Responses to How Did He Really Feel?

  1. Angela Lenz says:

    Andy and Barry were very close. Barry has said they were like twins themselves;
    “We were like twins,” Gibb says. “The same voice, the same interests, the same birthmark.” Barry gave Andy his first guitar, for his 12th birthday. When Andy grew up, he wanted to be just like Barry.

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    • Hi Angela,
      Thanks for the comment. Yes, Barry was so close to Andy, and that was a special bond as well. I’ve gotten many stories from people about Andy; he is missed by all Bee Gee fans so much.

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