Robbie Williams not returning to Take That for next tour

2014-05-01 16:00

Los Angeles - 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 - 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."