Gary Barlow: Robbie Williams has left Take That again

Gary Barlow has confirmed that Robbie Williams has left Take That again but added that the veteran band will continue as a four piece.

Fans of the band rejoiced last year when it was announced that Williams would return for a new album and tour having quit the band back in 1994.

However, speaking to the Radio Times, Barlow revealed that Williams had decided to leave Take That again to focus on his next solo record.

When asked about the reunion Barlow said: 'It was beautiful. We got on well. We finished the tour. We're all happy. The fans have come along and been happy. Great, great, great, great, great.

The Take That singer continued: 'Now Rob's doing a solo record, and from this point it's back to where it was. '

While Williams' decision to leave the band back in '95 was anything but harmonious, Barlow made it clear that this time round the Angels singer's time in Take That had 'ended perfectly'.

'You know what, we can revisit it whenever we want,' Gary added. 'He's our brother, Rob is, and if he's ever in trouble or he wants to have a year off being Robbie Williams, he's welcome any time he wants.'

A spokesperson for Take That has since made it clear, however, that the band have not split up despite Williams' decision to concentrate on his solo career.

'I can confirm that the band are not splitting and there is no pending announcement of a split,' the statement told worried fans.

It continued: 'The band are on a break, Gary is doing X Factor and Robbie is working on his new solo album.'

Barlow also revealed that he is relishing his time as pantomime villain on the X Factor judging panel having taken over the role from Simon Cowell.

'I've upset a lot of people, most of all the audiences, which I've thoroughly enjoyed,' the 40-year-old told the Radio Times.

'I've spent 20 years being cheered and screamed after, but being booed is actually quite addictive.'

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