Former Take That star Gary Barlow has confirmed he is quitting his role as a judge on the U.K.'s The X Factor.

The British singer has spent three series as a mentor on the talent contest since joining in 2011, but now he has confirmed rumours he will leave when the current season ends in December (13).

On Saturday night's (12Oct13) broadcast, Barlow was shown telling his group Rough Copy, "I've been here for three years and I'm so glad that for my last year on the show I get to mentor you guys."

Barlow is gearing up for the release of his first solo album in 14 years next month (Nov13).