We shed a little tear when the news broke this week.
And now it has been revealed that they reason behind Jason Orange‘s shock Take That exit is that he’s sick to death of this whole fame malarkey.
Can’t say we blame him.
The 44-year-old, who has been in the public eye for blimmin’ decades, reportedly felt ‘violated’ by the music industry and absolutely hated being spotted in public by fans.
According to The Sun, Jorange (as we like to call him) had taken to growing a beard and his hair in recent months in a bid to distance himself from his public image.
Speaking about a recent encounter with the star in a bar in Manchester, a fan reportedly told the paper:
“He was the grumpiest person in there. We asked him for a quick picture and he said, ‘No, this
industry makes me feel violated.’
“He had a small entourage of young ladies with him. We were extremely polite in asking but he point blank said ‘No’. My friend said she had spent money seeing him in concert but he just walked off.”
Hmm – all a bit awkward.
An insider said: “Jason hated being in it first time around. He genuinely likes going off travelling the world with a backpack, being anonymous and fancies himself as a thinker.
“He feels he’s got his life back. He can now kick on and do what he wants to do.”
We get it, J-dawg!
In a statement posted to the band’s official website, Jason writes that he has not fallen out with any of his bandmates but he just “no longer wishes to do this”.
The statement reads: “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 band mates, 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. Thank you.
“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.”
This is just like Robbie Williams all over again!
The remaining three members, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Howard Donald also shared a statement and said that it was a “sad day” for them.
You and us both, guys.
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