Many teenage fans mourned when “Take That” announced their final end 25 years ago. Now her ex-manager revealed what was really going on behind the scenes at the time.
With over 30 million records sold, “Take That” was one of the most successful boy bands of all time until the mid-1990s. Exactly 25 years ago, on February 13, 1996, the shock: Gary Barlow (50), Howard Donald (52), Mark Owen (49) and Jason Orange (50) announced the final separation at a press conference. Robbie Williams (49) had left the group seven months earlier. But apparently not entirely voluntary, as her former manager Nigel Martin-Smith (59) reveals according to “bild.de”.
For three years Jason Orange was swallowed by the earth. The first recordings of the former TT member after his disappearance are shown in the video above.
Comeback with Robbie Williams? The se statements give hope
Take That currently only consists of Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Gary Barlow.
The latter, however, now indicates a comeback with five.
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Manager claims: Robbie Williams was bullied out of the band
Robbie Williams had described his supposedly voluntary exit from the band in July 1995 as a “liberation”. But Martin-Smith knows what was really going on behind the scenes. “I want to be very specific here. But the truth is: Jason pushed Robbie’s exit from the band,” he reveals according to “bild.de” and adds, “To this day Robbie hates me because he thinks that I was behind his departure, but it was Jason who, along with Gary, first pushed him to do it. “
Jason and Gary had given the impression that all of the band members without exception supported Robbie’s departure. “But I found out the next day that Mark and Howard didn’t know about it,” the ex-manager recalls. “
The n Robbie came along, they had a meeting and that was it.”
After leaving, Robbie Williams had an unprecedented solo career. He not only delighted the hearts of his fans, his singing is also extremely well received in private, as you can see in the video below.
Martin-Smith stated that even before Robbie’s departure there had been tension in the band. Nevertheless, a scapegoat was found in Robbie. Last but not least, rumors about drug and alcohol excesses are said to have further promoted this image. In 2013, Robbie revealed in an interview that his exit was at Jason’s insistence.
Would a Take That reunion be possible again today? “I think it will happen soon,” revealed Martin-Smith.
The ex-manager thinks a comeback is likely. However, Jason should no longer be part of the party.
The singer wants to withdraw into private life.
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Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116