Jason Orange quits Take That

Jason Orange has left Take That. Credit: PA Wire

Take That star Jason Orange has revealed he has left the group.

The 44-year-old insisted tonight there have been "no fallings out" after he told bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald last week that he did not want to commit to recording and promoting a new album.

In a statement, he said:

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In a joint statement, the remaining members of Take That - Barlow, Owen and Donald - said they "fully respect" Orange's decision.

Orange enjoyed massive success with Take That in the early 1990s with a string of number one hits including Back For Good, Pray and Relight My Fire.

But after the group split in February 1996, he spent nearly a decade out of the spotlight before reuniting with three of his ex-bandmates - Barlow, Owen and Donald - for Take That's Ultimate tour in 2006.

The group enjoyed more sell-out tours and best-selling albums with Beautiful World and The Circus, before Williams - who first quit the band in 1995 - returned to reunite the five original members of Take That for their last album and tour, Progress, in 2011.