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File photo dated 11/01/1993 of Take That (left to right) Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, who are poised for a reunion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday July 16, 2010. Robbie and the group have built bridges in recent years and even shared a stage for a Children In Need concert last year, an event organised by Take That's Gary Barlow. See PA story SHOWBIZ TakeThat. Photo credit should read: Neil Munns/PA Wire

File photo dated 11/01/1993 of Take That (left to right) Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, who are poised for a reunion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday July 16, 2010. Robbie and the group have built bridges in recent years and even shared a stage for a Children In Need concert last year, an event organised by Take That's Gary Barlow. See PA story SHOWBIZ TakeThat. Photo credit should read: Neil Munns/PA Wire

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Take That 1993.

Take That 1993.

Neil Munns

Take That 1995

Take That 1995

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Robbie Williams (left) and Gary Barlow are to release a duet in October

Robbie Williams (left) and Gary Barlow are to release a duet in October

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As the member of the 90s definitive UK boy band, Robbie Williams felt his 'indie' urges could never be taken seriously. After leaving Take That in early 1996, Williams launched a solo career influenced by the Britpop sounds of Oasis and The Verve, a move which saw the Stoke-born star hit the number one slot no less than six times.

<b>Robbie Williams</b><br/> As the member of the 90s definitive UK boy band, Robbie Williams felt his 'indie' urges could never be taken seriously. After leaving Take That in early 1996, Williams launched a solo career influenced by the Britpop sounds of Oasis and The Verve, a move which saw the Stoke-born star hit the number one slot no less than six times.

Unicef ambassador Robbie Williams met children in temporary shelters in Pinchinat, Jacmel, Haiti (Unicef)

Unicef ambassador Robbie Williams met children in temporary shelters in Pinchinat, Jacmel, Haiti (Unicef)

Robbie Williams, left, and Take That's Gary Barlow as Robbie joins his ex-band mates on stage for a special performance

Robbie Williams, left, and Take That's Gary Barlow as Robbie joins his ex-band mates on stage for a special performance

Yui Mok

Robbie Williams is to be reunited with Take That for the Haiti charity single

Robbie Williams is to be reunited with Take That for the Haiti charity single

Robbie Williams and Take That are to announce a reunion

Robbie Williams and Take That are to announce a reunion

Robbie Williams dedicated his performance of You Know Me to his fiancee

Robbie Williams dedicated his performance of You Know Me to his fiancee

Robbie Williams performing at a Heart exclusive gig at Orchid in central London

Robbie Williams performing at a Heart exclusive gig at Orchid in central London

Robbie Williams, left, and Take That's Gary Barlow as Robbie joins his ex-band mates on stage for a special performance

Robbie Williams, left, and Take That's Gary Barlow as Robbie joins his ex-band mates on stage for a special performance

Yui Mok

Robbie Williams and Take That member Mark Owen and Gary Barlow as Robbie joins his ex-band mates on stage for a special performance

Robbie Williams and Take That member Mark Owen and Gary Barlow as Robbie joins his ex-band mates on stage for a special performance

Yui Mok

10/10/1996 Former Take That star Robbie Williams (bottom left) and pop star Peter Andre (bottom centre) join members of the Irish pop band Boyzone (left to right) Stephen Gately, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy (front) and Mikey Graham,  for a photocall prior to the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards in London

10/10/1996 Former Take That star Robbie Williams (bottom left) and pop star Peter Andre (bottom centre) join members of the Irish pop band Boyzone (left to right) Stephen Gately, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy (front) and Mikey Graham, for a photocall prior to the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards in London

Michael Stephens

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

From left: Robbie Williams, Take That's Gary Barlow and Sir Paul McCartney join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert, at the Royal Albert Hall

From left: Robbie Williams, Take That's Gary Barlow and Sir Paul McCartney join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert, at the Royal Albert Hall

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From left, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow, James Corden and Sir Paul McCartney, on stage at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert

From left, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow, James Corden and Sir Paul McCartney, on stage at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert

Yui Mok

Robbie Williams joins stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert

Robbie Williams joins stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert

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Take That

Mark Owen (right) with fellow Take That members Howard Donald (left), Jason Orange (second right) and Gary Barlow (second left) arrive at Cawdor parish Church in Cawdor, Nairn where Owen married Emma Ferguson at a service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 9, 2009. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Mark Owen (right) with fellow Take That members Howard Donald (left), Jason Orange (second right) and Gary Barlow (second left) arrive at Cawdor parish Church in Cawdor, Nairn where Owen married Emma Ferguson at a service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 9, 2009. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin/PA Wire

David Cheskin

Mark Owen (right) with fellow Take That members Jason Orange and Gary Barlow (centre) arrive at Cawdor parish Church in Cawdor, Nairn, for his wedding. October 2009.

Mark Owen (right) with fellow Take That members Jason Orange and Gary Barlow (centre) arrive at Cawdor parish Church in Cawdor, Nairn, for his wedding. October 2009.

David Cheskin

Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert

Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert

Yui Mok

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert, at the Royal Albert Hall

Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert, at the Royal Albert Hall

Yui Mok

Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage

Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage

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Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks

Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks

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James Corden, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow

James Corden, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow

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Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert

Robbie Williams and Take That's Gary Barlow join stars on stage for a special performance at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert

Yui Mok

Robbie Williams arrives at the EMI Brit Awards 2010 afterparty in central London

Robbie Williams arrives at the EMI Brit Awards 2010 afterparty in central London

Katie Collins

Robbie Williams brought the house down at the Brits

Robbie Williams brought the house down at the Brits

File photo dated 11/01/1993 of Take That (left to right) Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams and Jason Orange, who are poised for a reunion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday July 16, 2010. Robbie and the group have built bridges in recent years and even shared a stage for a Children In Need concert last year, an event organised by Take That's Gary Barlow. See PA story SHOWBIZ TakeThat. Photo credit should read: Neil Munns/PA Wire

Robbie Williams and Take That have ended months of speculation by announcing that they had reunited for a new album.



And Williams, who walked out on the group 15 years ago as he began to go off the rails, said: “It feels like coming home.”

The two sides have gradually settled their differences over the past few years, until revealing yesterday that they were back — although time will tell if it is for good.

Footage posted on the band's website yesterday shows them together in the studio — laughing, joking and singing as they worked on an untitled album to be released in November.

Last year Williams and his former bandmates shared a stage for a Children in Need concert, an event organised by Take That's Gary Barlow.

However the quintet — completed by Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald — had already begun to work together. Williams let slip during a radio interview late last year that they had been recording together.

Take That disbanded in 1996 but reunited without Williams in 2005 to huge success, including three number one singles.

The group's new album will be their first with the full line-up since 1995 release Nobody Else and has been produced by Stuart Price, who has worked with Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

Williams spoke of his joy at rejoining his old colleagues. He said: “I get embarrassingly excited when the five of us are in a room.”

Bandmate Owen said: “Getting the five of us to be in a room together, although always a dream, never actually seemed like becoming a reality.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the band's formation, making their TV debut on producer Pete Waterman's ITV show The Hitman And Her.

The new album will be released on Take That's label Polydor, rather than Williams's company, EMI.

PA