Bee Gees star Barry Gibb speaks of abuse attempt

Barry is the last surviving member of the band. Source Getty

Barry is the last surviving member of the band. Source Getty

The last two survivors of the Bee Gees were on such bad terms that Barry Gibb only learnt about his brother's terminal cancer when he spoke to a doctor about Robin's odd appearance in a newspaper photograph.

"Jimmy Savile's name was never mentioned", said Gibb.

'But there was a moment in time when a man tried to molest me when I was about four years old.

The last surviving Bee Gees star said he was living with his family on the Isle of Man at the time of the abuse and revealed the "unpalatable" details are still vivid for him.

'And eventually they came and arrested him, and they woke me up during the night.

He added, "Four years old and a policeman on your bed at four in the morning, interviewing you!"

'He didn't touch me, but other things happened, and happened to other kids.

Gibb added: "If that doesn't teach you about life, nothing does. I've never told anyone". But it's vivid for me still. "'Why?" He said, "Because what I see is cancer". I didn't want to mention his name.

The singer was speaking ahead of his performance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury on Sunday at 16:00 BST.

Barry told the magazine: 'I saw a picture of Robin in the paper, and I took that picture to my doctor and I showed it to him. I said, "What's wrong with that person?" He just said, 'Go and see him.' 'Why?' He said, 'Because what I see is cancer'.

He said he knew other children who were also abused. He found fame at 13, when he and his brothers Robin and Maurice appeared on Australian TV. Gibb, 70, told the UK's Radio Times.