Take That's Howard Donald mocked for sharing fake picture of him with David Bowie

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 01: Take That singer Howard Donald during the photocall "The Band - Das Musical" with the main cast and members of the band Take That at Theater des Westens on April 1, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/Getty Images)

Take That star Howard Donald is being mocked online for a photo he posted of him and the late David Bowie - after eagle-eyed fans spotted the music legend's head was photoshopped in over Gary Barlow's.

The pop star took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Bowie, and posted a picture appearing showing the icon between Donald and band mate Mark Owen with his arms around them.

But a Twitter user spotted the similarity to another photo from 2015 and posted both images, with the original showing Barlow in Bowie's place with his arms draped around Donald and Owen.

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English boy band Take That pose in combat boots, boxer shorts and red boxing gloves, as worn in their first video 'Do What You Like', 1991. From left to right, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
English pop group Take That in London, 1991. From left to right, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Jason Orange. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
British boy band Take That, comprising Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, and Robbie Williams, London, 1991. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
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British boy band Take That, circa 1992. Left to right: Robbie Williams, Jason Orange, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
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Take That, who are among the nominees for the Best British Newcomers award at the Music Industry Oscars, at the Hard Rock Cafe in London. (L - R) Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange. (Photo by Neil Munns - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Take That (with Robbie Williams, red shirt) on 15.01.1993 in München / Munich. (Photo by Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
English boy band Take That, circa 1993. Clockwise, from top left: Jason Orange, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That perform live in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That in the back of a van in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Howard Donald, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Mark Owen and Robbie Williams of Take That in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Robbie Williams of Take That in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by DaveHogan/Getty Images)
Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That wearing headbands in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That in a New York cab, NY, 1995 (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Take That in April 1993 in Munich - Robbie Williams (Photo by Fryderyk Gabowicz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That in Tokyo, March 1993 (Photo by DaveHogan/Getty Images)
Take That perform on stage at Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 16th March 1995, L-R Robbie Williams, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange of Take That in New York, 1995 (Photo by DaveHogan/Getty Images)
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Subsequently another person pointed out the photo of Bowie was actually taken in 2007.

Writing on Instagram, 52-year-old Donald said: "I was just gonna put this on my stories but then I though this is much more worthy of the main feed.

"For sure I was very nervous meeting @davidbowie as I'm not so comfortable around other famous people and can get star struck quite easily, but he was so normal and down to earth which made me feel at ease.

"Plus it was an opportunity I was never gonna miss and so glad I had the balls to ask. Will there ever be anyone as musically talented as the man himself?

"And also someone that changed fashions and music styles like nobody else. Doubt it! Was a pleasure Mr Bowie."

But the forgery was spotted and subsequently uploaded to Twitter, which opened the floodgates for Donald to receive some gentle mockery.

One person simply responded "Face Oddity" a play on Bowie's famous song Space Oddity. But the puns didn't stop there with one user writing "Fake That".

Someone else wrote: "Petition to photoshop David Bowie's face over every Barlow photo."

Others pointed out Donald had probably met Bowie at some point but had perhaps been tricked into thinking the photo he posted was real.

He is certainly a fan of the Ziggy Stardust singer. In 2015 wife Katie Halil gave birth to a baby son they named Bowie.

- This article originally appeared on Yahoo.

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