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Back for good? Not quite ... as Robbie leaves Take That again

Gary Barlow has confirmed that Take That are a four-piece again, saying the group's time with Robbie Williams has ended "perfectly".

The 40-year-old X Factor judge said that Williams was no longer in the band. When asked if Take That was a four-man band again, he said: "Yes." He 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. Now Rob's doing a solo record, and from this point it's back to where it was."

He said Take That's revival as a five-man band "ended perfectly", adding: "You know what, we can revisit it whenever we want.

"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."

The chart-toppers announced in 2010 that they would be performing their first tour as a complete group, Progress Live 2011, for 16 years.



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Barlow said of the pair's previous fall-outs: "It would be unfair for me to say he's the one with the ego because I've got a pretty big ego as well. And especially in those younger days when I was 24 and he was 20, but then you come back -- I was 38 and he was 34 -- and it's like 'Let's talk this through'."

He told the magazine: "All those years I'd just imagined this moment to actually be sat there opposite this person who'd said so much worse than anybody else had ever in my life, done so much damage and said so much bad stuff...

"Not to my face. In records and in print... It was the way it was being done I didn't like. And to eventually be sat there opposite the person was liberating."

But despite his comments a Take That spokesman said Barlow had made a similar comment earlier in the year, but insisted the current line-up of the group was simply on "a break".

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