Take That down to threesome as Orange quits

25th September 2014, Comments 0 comments

British pop band Take That are to continue as a trio after Jason Orange announced he was quitting Thursday -- but insisted there had been no falling out with his "brothers".

Orange said he no longer wished to record or tour with the group, who have had 11 British number one hits including "Back For Good" and "Never Forget".

The remaining members of Take That -- Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald -- said they had been aware of Orange's "reservations" for a couple of years but respected his decision.

"There have been no fallings out, only a decision on my part that I no longer wish to do this," Orange said in a statement.

"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."

Take That formed as a boy band in 1990 in Manchester, northwest England.

Former member Robbie Williams, who now lives in the US after forging a successful solo career, left the band in 1995.

The remaining foursome split a year later before returning as a "man band" in 2005.


© 2014 AFP

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