Jason Orange quits Take That

The singer says he didn’t want to commit to recording and promoting a new album

Jason Orange has announced that he is to leave Take That.

The singer posted the news on the band’s website last night, saying that he didn’t want to commit to recording and promoting a new album with the group. He said that he had been considering quitting since the band wrapped up their last tour in 2011.

“I want to start by saying how proud I am of what we have achieved together over the years,” the statement begins. “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 band mates, 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.”

The statement continues: “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.”

A statement from the band said that it was a “sad day” for them. “Jason leaving is a huge loss both professionally and even more so personally,” it reads. “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.”