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Jason Orange quits Take That

Jason Orange has quit veteran boy band Take That.

The 44-year-old singer reveals he told bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald he did not want to commit to recording and promoting a new album last week (ends19Sep14).


A statement from him reads: "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.


"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."


He adds, "I know how much Mark, Gary and Howard enjoy writing and making music. They know that they have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band."


The rest of the group has also released a statement about the split. It reads: "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."


Orange joined Take That in November, 1990 and remained with the group until the band split in 1996.


After a stint in film and theater, he rejoined the band for a reunion tour in 2005.