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Robbie Williams (left) was a member of the band from its foundation in 1990 until mid-1995. Mark Allan/AP via PA
Take That

Robbie’s Back – just maybe not For Good

Twentysomething women rejoice! The original Take That reunite for a new album.

TAKE THAT have confirmed that former band member Robbie Williams has rejoined the group to record a new album.

The album is set to be released in time for the lucrative Christmas market, while the band – whose last tour, to promote album The Circus, sold out stadiums worldwide including Croke Park – will probably hit the stage again next summer.

Though the band’s official statement does not formally state whether Williams’ return is permanent, a comment by band member Jason Orange suggests the arrangement is a temporary one:

I’m over the moon that Robbie’s back with us, however long it lasts.

The album marks the first time the group have recorded a full album together since the release of ‘Nobody Else’ in 1995. Williams left the band in July of that year to pursue a solo career.

The band’s frontman Gary Barlow has co-written a song called ‘Shame’ with Williams for the latter’s greatest hits album, due for release this October just before Take That’s effort, and the two will shoot a video for the song.

The video, according to The Sun, will liken the two’s love-hate relationship to that of the main characters in gay cowboy film Brokeback Mountain.

Williams has reunited with his estranged bandmates in past months, however, with the band’s Mark Owen reportedly turning to Williams – a self-confessed drug addict – for assistance when admitting his problems with alcohol in March.

After initially becoming a huge solo star, Williams’ fortunes have turned in recent years with his last two albums Rudebox and Reality Killed the Video Star failing to sell in the quantity of their predecessors.