Take That, the hugely successful pop group, is down to three members after one of its stars has announced he is leaving the band.
Take That formed in 1990 and were hugely successful until their split in 1996. Robbie Williams went on to massive solo success and the four remaining members reformed in 2005 and went on to be the comeback kids of the Noughties. Robbie rejoined for the 2010 album Progress and although still a solo artist, remains close to the band.
Take That will be going on without Jason Orange, who has announced he has left the group and and will no longer be involved in the recording of their new album.
Jason made a statement saying that although he had “spent some of the best years” of his life with the group, he did not wish to commit to producing and promoting a new album.
Jason Orange’s fellow band members, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, have said that his leaving the group is “a huge loss”.
Orange’s departure statement reads as follows: “I want to start by saying how proud I am of what we have achieved together over the years. However, at a band meeting last week I confirmed to Mark, Gary and Howard that I do not wish to commit to recording and promoting a new album. I know how much Mark, Gary and Howard enjoy writing and making music.
“They know that they have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band.” Orange also thanked devoted fans, describing them as “beautiful and ever-loyal.”
A joint statement issued by the three remaining band-mates said: “We first became aware of Jason’s reservations a couple of years ago but had hoped that by giving him the desired time and space he may begin to feel differently. This has not been the case and we now have to accept and fully respect his decision which we know hasn’t been an easy one.”