Robbie Williams not returning to Take That

Robbie Williams won't be part of Take That's next tour because he wants to take time off to be with his family

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Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams is not returning to Take That.

The 'Angels' hitmaker - who first quit the band in 1995, a year before they split, but returned in 2010 for their 'Progress' album and tour - won't be joining Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald when they next go out on the road because he wants to spend more time with his family.

Robbie - who announced earlier this week his wife Ayda Field is pregnant with their second child - said: "Logistically I can't do it. I have the tour and I'm going to be a dad again."

However, the 40-year-old star - whose 'Swing Both Ways' tour started in Austria on Monday (28.04.14) - insists it doesn't mean his time with the 'Flood' singers is over for good.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "It doesn't mean to say I won't join in along the way. Whatever happens, I am absolutely going to be in Take That -- I love being in Take That.

"After [my] tour wraps, I'm going to go away for a year or two."

Gary previously admitted Robbie - who also has a 20-month-old daughter, Teddy Rose, with Ayda - had been given a deadline to decide whether to return to Take That.

He said: "We need to know what we are doing by the end of May.

"The thing is with Robbie is that he is a family man, so whether he will be in the final line-up I'm not sure.

However, he also admitted the 'Candy' hitmaker would have some involvement with their new album regardless of his decision to tour or not.

He added: "If he's not back in the band, he'll write on the record and we will work with him on his next record."

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Big pop hits from the sometime Take That star.

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Fri 2 Jun

Prices to be confirmed

With Erasure.

Sat 3 Jun

Prices to be confirmed

With Erasure.

Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Fri 9 Jun

£50–£95 / 0131 346 5000

With Erasure.

Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Wed 21 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 277 7888

With Erasure.

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Take That

The prototype boy band have re-lit their own fire and returned to cash in those nostalgia dollars, and have proved far more credible than any of us could have imagined. Now reduced to a three-piece as Jason Orange bows out but Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald soldier on.

Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich

Thu 15 Jun

£60.50–£199.95 / 0870 444 1902

With All Saints.

Wonderland Tour

Fri 16 Jun

£60.50–£199.95 / 0870 444 1902

With All Saints.

Wonderland Tour

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Sun 18 Jun

Check website for prices, rescheduled from May 25-27 at Manchester Arena, original tickets remain valid

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Genting Arena, Birmingham

Thu 1 Jun

£61.30–£200.75 / 0844 338 8000

Wonderland Tour

Fri 2 Jun

£61.30–£200.75 / 0844 338 8000

Wonderland Tour

Sat 3 Jun

£61.30–£200.75 / 0844 338 8000

Wonderland Tour

Sun 4 Jun

£61.30–£200.75 / 0844 338 8000

Wonderland Tour

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