Women of a certain age will today be waking up with the news that Jason Orange has left Take That. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald will continue on as a three piece as they have already written the bulk of their new album with Jason, Robbie Williams will not rejoin them.
Jason said he had been contemplating leaving the group for 2 years, and only informed them recently in a group meeting.
Jason Orange Statement:
“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 have spent some of the best years of my life with Take That and I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey, including my bandmates, who I feel are like brothers to me.
“Most especially my gratitude goes to all of the good and kind, beautiful and ever-loyal fans of the band, without whom none of this could have been possible.
“At the end of The Progress Tour I began to question whether it might be the right time for me to not continue on with Take That. “At the start of this year and with my full knowledge and blessing the guys began writing new material. “There have been no fallings out, only a decision on my part that I no longer wish to do this.
“I know how much Mark, Gary and Howard enjoy writing and making music, and they know that they have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band. Thank you.”
Jason is the second member to have left Take That is their history after Robbie Williams in 1995, although Robbie famously rejoined for the Progress album and tour and still remains on good terms with the group.
Although the rest of the band are devastated by Jason leaving they will carry on as a trio.