This band’s members are dropping like flies.
It has been confirmed that Jason Orange has left Take That.
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”.
You no longer wish to perform hit songs in front of thousands of screaming fans?
The full 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 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.
They wrote: “This is a sad day for us. Jason leaving is a huge loss both professionally and even more so 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 which we know hasn’t been an easy one. Jason’s energy and belief in what this band could achieve has made it what it is today, and we’ll forever be grateful for his enthusiasm, dedication and inspiration over the years.”
Take That have proven to be the ultimate comeback group after being super successful in the 90s and re-emerging as stars this side of the millennium.
In July 1995 Robbie Williams quit the band and their fandom even managed to put Directioners to shame when the band split seven months later and actual helplines had to be set up to help their distraught fans.
A SPECIAL ‘TAKE THAT HAVE SPLIT UP’ HELPLINE.
It was a dark day for all.
Gary, Howard, Jason, and Mark reunited in 2005 much to the joy of mum’s everywhere, and their success eventually lured Robbie back in 2011 where he re-joined the group on tour before they all went on hiatus at the end of the year.
The Robbie-less foursome performed at the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony in August but then came together again as a five-piece for a special performance at the Music industry Trust Awards in November.
Are you keeping up?
They then disappeared again until May 2013, when Mark announced that the band will start recording their seventh studio album in 2014, which Gary Barlow confirmed was happening in his almighty ‘I’m Back On Twitter’ revelation earlier this month.
So you see, although Jason Orange has left now there’s no saying for certain that he won’t be back over the next few years, it kind of seems to be their thing.
The only question is, will he be… Back for good?
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