Jason Orange blamed Take That for ruining his life, claims former manager
H e rejoined the Nineties boy band that made his name for their successful 2006 reunion, only to leave again in 2014, claiming that he no longer wanted to continue his music career. But Jason Orange, seen by many (perhaps unfairly) as one of the less-than-essential members of Take That, was allegedly never that keen on being in the group at all.
“When I put Jason in the band he loved it, but he turned around years later and said he was upset with me,” his former manager Nigel Martin-Smith, who put together the original Take That line-up, told the Daily Star.
“He said he couldn’t sing, he wasn’t a musician and I had no right to put him in the band. He wanted to know why I did it to him. He said he had loads of issues as a result of it and seemed to blame me for ruining his life. I couldn’t believe it.”
M artin Smith also suggested that he considers Orange ungrateful, adding: “I said ‘Jay, you’ve travelled the world first class, stayed in five-star hotels, had women throwing themselves at you, had the most amazing life, with how many millions in the bank.’ It must have been so horrible for him. That’s how bizarre it is.”
W hen he quit the band in 2014, leaving members Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald to continue as a trio, Orange insisted that his relations with the remaining Take That members were still amicable.
“There have been no fallings out, only a decision on my part that I no longer wish to do this, he said at the time. 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.”
O range previously told the Sunday Times, in a 2011 interview, that he felt robbed by his first stint with the group in the Nineties.
I think every person’s job either feeds them or takes from them, he said. Take That, for me, the first time, took from me. It gave me money, it gave me a standard of living, but it robbed me of my voice.
To come back as an older adult, on my guard a bit and wiser, I know it sounds melodramatic, but it’s like there’s this thing up there, and we can all give to it and get back from it, and it shines into us, and we can all grow from it
Or it will just rob us again, and we’ll leave with all this s— that we didn’t say or didn’t do.
P rior to joining Take That, Orange worked as a decorator by day and a dancer by night , performing in clubs and on television as part of a Manchester breakdancing group, alongside fellow future band member Howard Donald.
It’s no secret that his impressive dancing ability – coupled with his famous good looks and muscled physique – played a bigger part in securing his spot in the group than his self-confessedly modest singing skills.
My biggest insecurity has always been, what do I contribute to the band? I don’t really write music or understand it like they [the other bandmembers] do, he said in 2005.