Take That singer Gary Barlow has confirmed that the group are a quartet again, saying that their reunion with Robbie Williams had "ended perfectly".

In an interview in the new issue of Radio Times, Barlow says of the group's reunion with Williams: "It was beautiful. We got on well. We finished the tour. We're all happy.

"The fans have come along and been happy. Great, great, great, great, great. Now Rob's doing a solo record, and from this point it's back to where it was."

Barlow adds: "You know what, we can revisit it whenever we want. He's our brother, Rob is, and if he's ever in trouble or he wants to have a year off being Robbie Williams, he's welcome any time he wants."

Of his previous disputes with Williams, Barlow says: "It would be unfair for me to say he's the one with the ego because I've got a pretty big ego as well.

"And especially in those younger days when I was 24 and he was 20, but then you come back - I was 38 and he was 34 - and it's like 'Let's talk this through'."

He continues: "All those years I'd just imagined this moment to actually be sat there opposite this person who'd said so much worse than anybody else had ever in my life, done so much damage and said so much bad stuff...

"Not to my face. In records and in print... It was the way it was being done I didn't like. And to eventually be sat there opposite the person was liberating."

Following Barlow's comments, a Take That spokesperson said: "I can confirm that the band are not splitting and there is no pending announcement of a split.

"The band are on a break, Gary is doing X Factor and Robbie is working on his new solo album."