Robbie not joining Take That on tour; hoping for a son

Robbie Williams is not returning to Take That.

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."

Robbie's also said he is hoping for a son, though he insists another girl would be "cool".

The singer has said he would love to have a little brother for their daughter Theodora 'Teddy' Rose, 20 months, saying: "We don't know if it's a boy or a girl but we're going to find out.

"If we have a girl, it'll be totally cool but I would quite like a little boy.

"Last time I said that as long as it was healthy, I didn't mind. Then we found out we were having a girl and it was a really strange emotion. I was like, 'What am I going to do with a girl?' "

The couple intend to find out the sex of the baby in the same way the planned to with their first child, but Robbie admits they will need to be more organised this time around.

He explained to The Sun newspaper: "With Teddy, the doctor put the sex into an envelope. We went to dinner and the plan was to open it at the end of dinner... but she forgot the envelope.

"I think we're going to do the same thing -- but remember the envelope this time. I don't think we can do it any other way."

The 40-year-old star kicked off his new tour this week and, with Ayda, Teddy, his dad Pete Conway and his mother-in-law joining him on the road, he admits it is very different to previous jaunts and his wife and daughter's needs come first.

He said: "It's a very loving, very safe environment. Our biggest concern these days is that we don't travel through Teddy's nap time.

"We don't get time to worry about us or the show.

"We've got it all going on backstage. Ayda is the happiest and centred and then she's completely not for a few hours, the whole rollercoaster of emotions... "

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