TAKE That star Mark Owen has sold his country home for £6.5million – as he quits the UK for a permanent move to the US.

The singer has been living in California with his family for a few years and decided to cash in on his UK pad, which went for three times the amount he paid for it.


Sources insist it's not bad news for Take That, and Mark will return to the UK for tours with the band as well as collaborate on music with members Gary Barlow and Howard Donald.

They added: "Mark is only a ten hour plane ride away and will return to the UK whenever the band needs him”

The singer, 49, quit London to move to Hampshire with his actress wife Emma Ferguson and their three children in 2010.

He dropped £2.25million on the nine-bedroom stately pile complete with six reception rooms, swimming pool, wet room, tennis court, stables and paddocks.

The 9,000 sq.ft Georgian pad also boasts a three bedroom cottage, a two-bedroom cottage, Victorian coach house and separate party barn set within 10 acres of rolling countryside.

GRAND DESIGN

But after spending thousands on a massive Grand Designs-style makeover, Mark has now sold the pad in the South Downs National Park where neighbours include Oasis singer Noel Gallagher.

Mark occasionally gave fans a peek inside his rural paradise with Instagram videos showing his play room complete with pictures of his children's art and footprints.

Another video saw him packing for a trip in his huge dressing room, removing clothes from large closets covered in illuminated mirrored panels.

Mark also had a library where he shared videos of him meditating in front of rows of books on top of a cushion reading: "Boys only in this area."

Another video shows Mark, worth an estimated £31million, hula-hooping on the table in the room where a big piece of modern art hangs above a large flatscreen TV.

In 2017, The Sun revealed how Mark planned to mentor music stars by opening a recording studio in the grounds of his country pile.

In papers filed at the local council, his planning agent said: "Mr and Mrs Owen would like to be able to offer the opportunity to come to record music and vocal sessions and to mentor local budding singer/songwriters and record their music."

Mark and Emma got married in November, 2009, in a church in Cawdor, Scotland, but a year later Mark admitted cheating on his wife with up to 10 different women – when they had been wed for just months.

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