And then there were three. In an announcement that may bring millions around the world to tears, Jason Orange has revealed that he is leaving Take That.
The group, which also included Robbie Williams when they burst into the charts in the early 1990s, said that they will go on despite being reduced to a trio.
Orange, 44, told Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald last week that he did not want to commit to recording and promoting a new album. “At the start of this year and with my full knowledge and blessing the guys began writing new material,” he said. “There have been no fallings out, only a decision on my part that I no longer wish to do this ... They have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band.”
The three remaining members said in a statement on Wednesday night that Orange’s departure was a huge loss both professionally and personally: “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.”