After they failed to even mumble a "get well soon, Robbie" at the Brit awards, some people suggested that maybe Take That were some sort of evil, uncaring bastards who spend their evenings laughing at the plight of poor Robbie.
The next day, Jason Orange stepped in to explain why they kept quiet onstage:
It turns out, though, that a private situation means "one which can be freely discussed in the pages of Reveal magazine", as Mark and Howard have given an interview commenting on Robbie's medical treatment:
And fellow pop star Howard Donald said in the interview with Reveal magazine: "I've been calling him loads.
"I'm upset some people think it's our success that's made him depressed."
Mark's depressed; Howard's depressed. It's one long circle of misery, isn't it? Clearly, Take That's bounce into having to talk to the press about how they're, whatever, upset about thingy they used to work with being in some sort of hospital is a postmodern joke based on the film about The Queen, and how she was forced to pretend that she was really sad that her husband had killed her former daughter-in-law, or whatever conspiracy about Diana we're meant to be believing this week.
Owen's also upset at some of the jokes being made at Robbie's expense:
"I felt bad at the Brits because there were some jokes said about Robbie that made it look like he was being mocked," he told the magazine.
It didn't just look like it, Mark. Pretty much, yeah, he was being mocked.