The band, who rose to fame in the 1990s, haven’t had an easy ride over the years and Jason has now sensationally quit the group
Howard sensationally quit yesterday
Take That have dealt with more line-up changes and dramas than most bands and still manage to come out on top.
But it’s not been an easy ride for the group and as Jason Orange sensationally quit last night we’ve gone back into the archives to dig out the deets of the biggest rows, drugs, splits, affairs, tax issues and well, it goes on.
The Patience band have vowed to continue without Jason AND Robbie Williams, who is not returning, and we don’t doubt they still have dozens of fans who will want to carry on supporting them.
After all, what other pop group has managed to come back after 10 years and sell-out HUGE tours.
Take That in the early days
In an emotional statement, Jason admitted he had wanted to leave the Take That for TWO years and told fellow members about his decision in a group meeting.
He said: “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.
The band have gone through a lot since the 1990s
“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.”
Here’s a run down of the band’s most shocking moments:
The band reunited as a foursome
Robbie quits the band:
Teenagers were left distraught in 1995 when Robbie Williams famously quit Take That and phonelines were even set up to help grieving fans who were struggling to deal with the news.
The band continued as a foursome but split a year later and Robbie went on to have a successful solo career with a number of hits.
The Angels singer found it hard to control his bitter feelings towards Gary after they had a huge row over him leaving.
He also admitted when the star’s solo career wasn’t doing so well, he revelled in it, saying: “You know, even when he was down, I didn’t let go.”
After filming a 2005 documentary about their split, the four-piece reunited and were joined by Robbie again in 2010, who buried the hatchet with Gary, and the band released their sixth studio album, Progress, before going out on tour.
Robbie then quit again but remained friends with the members as he toured with his solo material.
Drink and drugs issues:
During the band’s height of fame in the 1990s Robbie Williams got involved in drugs and the band admitted years later they felt “guilty” that they missed the signs.
Howard said: “The thing is we smoked weed and giggled like idiots. And before Take That I dabbled with drugs LSD mainly. Robbie was different. He has a more addictive personality.”
Robbie has since lifted the lid on his drug abuse and revealed he once took so much cocaine his entire arm went numb.
The reformed family man is now clean but said: “I was so deep into addiction I knew I was probably going to die soon but I didn’t care.”
The band on their stadium tour in 2009
Mark Owen also checked into rehab for drinking in 2010 after admitting to a number of affairs with girls on tour and accounts manager Neva Hanley behind his wife Emma’s back.
Dad-of-two Howard revealed he’d had an eight-month affair with a married Dutch woman called Merith Van Onselen while he was with Marie Christine Musswesseles, the mother of his daughter.
The star also cheated on BOTH mothers of his two children with single mum Adakini Ntuli, after meeting her in a nightclub a decade ago.
Gary, together with Take That bandmates Howard and Mark, were accused this year of hiding millions of pounds from authorities earlier this year.
Under fire Gary Barlow said sorry over the tax avoidance furore that led to demands for him to be stripped of his OBE.
A judge ruled that a scheme they had invested in amounted to tax avoidance and there were calls for them to pay any money owed.
Gary, 43, has always denied any wrongdoing but he tweeted: “I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by the tax stories earlier this year.”
He added: “With a new team of accountants we are working to settle things with all parties involved ASAP.”
Jason quit the group yesterday
Yesterday Jason, 44, quit the band who have also released a statement and vowed to continue as a trio. They have already been writing new material and plan to release their first album in four years. But they’re said to be “devastated” they couldn’t persuade Jason to stay on.
Their statement read: “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.”