Where the five Take That members are now from rehab stints to wine business11/07/2023
Take That were one of the biggest boy bands of the ‘90s and their original lineup featured Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Jason Orange.
However, five years after their formation, Robbie famously quit the band in 1995 to pursue a solo career, and the remaining Take That members eventually called time on the group a year later.
In 2005, Take That reunited as a four-piece before Robbie, now 49, returned to the fold in 2010 and completed work on the Progress era.
Their seventh album, III, saw Mark, 51, Gary, 52, and Howard, 55, continuing to operate as a three-piece following the exits of the ‘Angels’ singer and Jason, 53.
Ahead of Take That’s new album This Life – which is set to release on 24 November – and Robbie’s new four-piece Netflix documentary series, this is what the original five members of Take That are up to now.
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52-year-old Gary remains at the helm of Take That alongside Mark and Howard and is currently gearing up for the release of This Life.
Outside of the band, he has released six solo albums, with his latest being 2021’s holiday-inspired effort, The Dream of Christmas.
Between 2011-2013, he replaced Simon Cowell as Head Judge on The X Factor and he has also served as a judge on Walk the Line. He appeared on the latter for six episodes before the talent contest was cancelled in August 2022.
Outside of the music industry, the star has appeared in ITV’s Heartbeat and has made cameos in BBC’s Miranda and 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In the last decade, Gary has also entered the world of musical theatre – having worked on the 2015 musical version of Finding Neverland and 2017’s Calendar Girls The Musical. The latter opened at London’s Phoenix Theatre in January 2017.
In 2021, Gary launched his wine range, Gary Barlow Organic, which strives to create “clean, contemporary wines with a sense of place that appeal to consumers”.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the singer had set up a new company called GE & GB Property Ltd, which sees Gary flipping houses with business partner Geoff Egan.
The star has been married to Dawn Andrews since 2000 and have three children together including Daniel, Emily and Daisy. In 2012, Gary revealed their daughter, Poppy, was stillborn.
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Like Gary and Mark, Howard remains a core member of Take That to this day.
Outside of the band, the 55-year-old has released one solo album, Speak Without Words, and has served as a judge on the German talent competition, Got to Dance, between 2013 and 2014.
In 2021, Howard appeared on the first series of The Masked Singer and eventually placed third.
As per The Sun, the star previously said that he enjoys spending his downtime with his family whilst not working with the remaining members of Take That.
Howard has been married to illustrator Katie Halil since 2015 and the couple share two sons Bowie and Dougie Bear. He also has daughters Grace and Lola from two previous relationships.
Father-of-three Mark is one of the remaining active members of Take That and is due to embark on his twelfth tour with the ‘Patience’ singers in 2024.
Outside of the three-piece, the 51-year-old has released five studio albums with his latest, Land of Dreams, peaking at number five in the UK charts last September.
In 2014, Mark was announced as an Ambassador for the band Amber Run on Channel 4’s Launched, which was hosted by DJ and author Annie Macmanus.
The star has also participated in Robbie’s brainchild Soccer Aid twice. His first outing in the charity football match came in 2012 and his second was in 2014.
Mark married longtime girlfriend Emma Ferguson in 2009 and the pair welcomed son Elwood Jack into the world in 2006.
The couple has also gone on to have two daughters, Willow Rose and Fox India.
In 2010, the star checked himself into rehab to tackle his addiction to alcohol after admitting he had cheated on Emma. The couple and their family moved to California in 2021.
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53-year-old Jason was a founding member of the band and rejoined Take That for their reunion in 2005. However, he opted to retire from entertainment in 2014.
At the time, he issued a statement that claimed there had been “no fallings out” with the ‘Pray’ stars and said he had spent some of the “best years” of his life in the band.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey, including my bandmates, who I feel are like brothers to me,” he wrote.
Since exiting Take That, the hitmaker has kept a relatively low profile but was spotted out in London earlier this year and was reportedly browsing estate agents
Robbie was just 16 at the time of Take That’s formation in 1990, and was a core band member until he quit the group in 1995.
He cut his teeth as a solo artist by releasing a cover of Freedom by George Michael before putting out his debut album – Life thru a Lens.
The Rudebox singer has since released twelve studio albums, including 2019’s The Christmas Present.
As well as working in the music industry, Robbie has penned books and lent his voice to feature films such as 2005’s The Magic Roundabout and has appeared in an episode of EastEnders.
In 2006, he reportedly bought £240,000 worth of shares in his boyhood football club, Port Vale.
However, six years later, the star lost his shares after Port Vale entered into administration.
As well as being the face of karaoke games, such as We Sing Robbie Williams for the Nintendo Wii, the ‘Angels’ singer is set to be the subject of Netflix’s latest documentary series.
The four-part limited effort is due for release on the streaming platform on Wednesday, 8 November and has been directed by Jo Pearlman.
Robbie has been married to actor and model Ayda Field since 2010 and the pair share four children – Theodora ‘Teddy’ Rose, ten, Charlton ‘Charlie’ Valentine, eight, Colette ‘Coco’ Josephine, four, and Beau Benedict Enthoven, three.
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