Take That is a band member down as Jason Orange reveals he’s leaving the group.
Orange says there have been no fallings out with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald who will continue as a three-piece.
“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,” Orange writes on the band’s website.
“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 want to do this,” Orange continues.
“This is a sad day for us,” the rest of the band write adding, “Jason leaving us is a huge loss professionally and even more so personally. We first became aware of Jason’s reservations a couple of years ago.
“We now have to accept and fully respect his decision which we know hasn’t been an easier one.”
They add, “We’ll forever be grateful for his enthusiasm, dedication and inspiration over the years.”
Orange has been part of the band since its initial success in the 90s, as well as their reunion in 2005.
It seems only fitting for a blast of Never Forget.