This could have been a week that was about blood tests and bruised hands after yet another visit to the doctors about by vertigo/migraines/whatever…but, by the time I got up for work on Thursday morning it became apparent the word of the week would be heartbroken!
Needing earlier nights than I used to meant that I missed the announcement on the Take That website on Wednesday evening.
By the time I checked my social media timelines yesterday morning I was at first delighted to see several photos floating around of my, what I call, imaginary husband, but then less delighted when I found out the reason.
‘I want to start by saying how proud I am of what we have achieved together over the years. However, at a band meeting last week I confirmed to Mark, Gary and Howard that I do not wish to commit to recording and promoting a new album. I have spent some of the best years of my life with Take That and I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey, including my band mates, who I feel are like brothers to me. Most especially my gratitude goes to all of the good and kind, beautiful and ever-loyal fans of the band, without whom none of this could have been possible. Thank you.
At the end of The Progress Tour I began to question whether it might be the right time for me to not continue on with Take That. At the start of this year and with my full knowledge and blessing the guys began writing new material. There have been no fallings out, only a decision on my part that I no longer wish to do this. I know how much Mark, Gary and Howard enjoy writing and making music, and they know that they have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band.’
On a one girl mission to get #teamJason trending I re-shared my cheesy selfie with a cardboard Jason in Marks & Spencers years ago and shared a video of him beautifully solo singing from the Beautiful World tour in 2007.
I’ve probably written before that I wasn’t a Take That fan as such back in their boyband days…I bought Could It Be Magic and Never Forget but didn’t own any of their albums; and, my best friend at the time and I only went to that concert at the o2 for a laugh on her daughter’s 21st birthday. ( I only had a copy made for me of the Beautiful World album so that the songs weren’t totally alien to me! Yes I did then buy a legit one!) However, things changed for me after seeing that performance and I gained a new respect for a man I’d previously only thought of as a pretty backing dancer.
It may have been an act but Jason came across as humble and vulnerable, qualities I’d never seen in him in those early tabloid newspaper headline-making days. I don’t even know which member(s) of the band wrote Wooden Boat, but Jason’s sweet vocals were perfect.
He’s had solo tracks on all of the albums since Take That reformed so it really winds me up when people still make remarks about his ineffectual presence in the band. They also do it about Howard, seemingly forgetting his lead vocals on Never Forget and it annoys me (and not just me if you saw the Twitter backlash against Good Morning Britain yesterday!) that people think they’re interchangeable and use the wrong photos in a story!
He obviously wasn’t just a third wheel to the other 3 either:
‘This is a sad day for us. Jason leaving is a huge loss both professionally and even more so personally. We first became aware of Jason’s reservations a couple of years ago but had hoped that by giving him the desired time and space he may begin to feel differently. This has not been the case and we now have to accept and fully respect his decision which we know hasn’t been an easy one. Jason’s energy and belief in what this band could achieve has made it what it is today, and we’ll forever be grateful for his enthusiasm, dedication and inspiration over the years.’
Mark, Gary and Howard
There have been various attempts at jokes over the last couple of days which I’ve no doubt I’d have found hilarious were it someone leaving Boyzone or even One Direction…but, it’s my Jason and as I know he isn’t comfortable with being in the public eye, I wonder when I’ll see him again.
I’d like to think he’ll have another go at acting, as a face that handsome shouldn’t be hidden away, but he’s intelligent and worldly-wise enough I’m sure to choose a career path that suits any of his talents. I don’t watch Strictly Come Dancing and I very much doubt it would be his cup of tea but you have a surefire winner for a future series if you ask me!
Maybe he wants to stay in the background and settle down? After all, it was quite well documented that he had reservations about the band reforming in 2006 so realistically I have to accept this was always on the cards and be very thankful indeed for the 7 brilliant years in between.
I had no idea seeing Progress Live in 2011 that it would be the last time I saw Take That perform in their original line-ups. I had a feeling that my dizzy migraines would stop me from seeing the rumoured tour next year. Things won’t be the same as a three-piece but I’m still looking forward to hearing the new material.
Good luck Jay, on whatever journey you choose. Missing you already xox
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