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Take That announced back in September that their new album ‘III’ - which went on sale on Monday - would be their first released as a three-piece, following Jason’s departure from the band.
However, Gary is insistent that they won’t be so low on members forever, telling The Sun: “Take That is five people. Exactly when they come back is up to them.”
He also claims that the band’s loyal fanbase, many of whom were left devastated by Jason’s exit, will just have to “get used” to the line-up changes within the group.
Discussing potential future projects, he added: “Moving forward, I do think our fans need to get used to the fact that it’s going to change - maybe every album.
“I might be missing on the next one and [Robbie] might come in instead of me. Actually, he’d better not do!”
Take That released their first single as a five-piece, ‘Do What U Like’, in 1991, with Robbie leaving the group five years later, going on to forge a successful solo career.
They went on to release a number-one single as a four-piece, but split up shortly afterwards, re-uniting a decade later to critical acclaim.
Robbie re-joined Take That for their ‘Progress’ album in 2010, but decided not to return for their new release, having since topped the UK album twice as a solo act.
Gary reckons that Robbie won’t be away forever, though, telling The Sun: “Rob will be back soon. We have a good time with Rob. He adores being in the studio and he loves the process of writing with us.”
Take That’s latest single ‘These Days’ hit the number-one spot on Sunday, toppling Band Aid 30’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ from the top of the chart.