Take That star says reunion felt ‘false’ and were kept in dark about Robbie

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Take That star Howard Donald has said the group’s documentary For The Record felt “very false” during the making as they hadn’t seen each other in so long.

The film was the band’s first reunion since their initial 1996 split and featured interviews and footage from all of the original line-up including past members Jason Orange and Robbie Williams.

Now, Gary, Howard, and Mark – who have since continued as a trio – reflected on making the film which they all had apprehensions about at first.

Howard claimed the experience was “really bizarre” as they hadn’t seen each other for a while and claimed it “all felt very TV, very false”.

“It was one of those things we had to go for because obviously the opportunity was there. We wanted to do it, of course, but let’s face it, the people that were making it had control over what we were doing or the way we should have done it.

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“If you’d asked us now we would have done it in a different way. But to make the suspense and make it into a decent documentary, a good programme, that’s the way they did it,” he added.

Gary also revealed that they were all interviewed in separate places and were not told whether Robbie was going to show up or not.

He recalled: “We didn’t know, did we? We kind of guessed he wasn’t but there was that moment where I thought oh, something’s gonna happen here.

Mark chimed in: “I remember every time a car drove down the drive, we thought is it him?”

On reflection, Gary went on to say the whole process was “weird” as they were “nowhere near a band” at the time.

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“We were all scared to death. We didn’t know what was going on. We all didn’t want to be there,” he spilled. “Just a really odd thing.”

Mark also likened the reunion to “a relationship that ended a bit… not in a nice way”.

But, he agreed to do it as he wanted to “get to know everybody” again and finish where they started.

At the point of the film being made, the group had been split up for 10 years and had each gone their separate ways.

Mark became the first of the band’s members to release a solo record, reaching number three in the UK chart with his single Child.

In 1997, Gary also went on to release his first solo album which featured the singles Forever Love and Love Won’t Wait.

Howard attempted a solo career recording unreleased single Speak Without Words and returned to DJing.

Robbie also has a number of singles under his belt, while Jason reportedly left the showbiz world behind him after they broke up.

Despite having apprehensions about their reunion, the documentary became a popular hit with over six million viewers.

They later revealed it had inspired them to reunite properly and go on tour with their greatest hits.

You can listen to the Take That: This Life the podcast here.

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