PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Gary Barlow has confirmed that Take That are a four-piece again, saying the group's time with Robbie Williams has ended "perfectly".
"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.
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'."
A Take That spokesman said Barlow had made a similar comment earlier in the year, and insisted the current line-up of the group was simply on "a break".
"I can confirm that the band are not splitting and there is no pending announcement of a split," he said. "The band are on a break, Gary is doing X Factor and Robbie is working on his new solo album."