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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(left to right) Howard Donald and Mark Owen of Take That perform at the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert, Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Thursday March 28, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ TCT. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
The Duchess of Sussex meeting (left to right) Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen of Take That as she arrives to attend the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium in central London.
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(Left-right) Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Lulu and Howard Donald attending the press night of Take That's musical The Band at Manchester Opera House.
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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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