Speaking six years after the four lads went their separate ways, Aston said at the Mini Mode London Kids Fashion Week that Oritse’s writing is currently at his musical best.
Earlier this year, Oritse was found not guilty of rape after being met with an accusation from a woman in Wolverhampton.
Aston said of his mate: “He’s back in music, he’s been writing, he’s been spilling his soul.
“He’s probably been writing some of the best music he’s done and he’s ready to get back into the commercial industry and show that.”
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He added when asked if he would appear on any new tracks: “We’re always collaborating, all of us.”
Aston continued: “It’s not for us. For us it’s a bit more than that – even though we came from the show and it’s great and we’ll always be thankful – for us to come back it needs to be for the fans.
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“They’re the ones that sustained that career for however long. Timing is everything.”
Oritse has said before that he felt “taken advantage of” by the woman who accused him of rape.
During his interview with police officers he said: “I am very perplexed, to be honest with you.
“I am feeling bewildered at this whole thing. I do feel taken advantage of. I just feel like a musician, an artist that has been put into a position where they have been taken advantage of.”
He also appeared on Good Morning Britain and told Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan: “It’s been horrific. I haven’t been able to work for three years. I’ve had this accusation hanging over my head every single day.
“It’s just completely tormented me. The worst moment is the effect it’s had on my family.
“Of course I sympathise with those calling for anonymity because of how it’s affected my life and my own experiences.
“I haven’t been able to do anything for the last three years but I do understand that the police are under-resourced and under-financed and under-staffed and they’re just trying to do their job, but I would have loved for it to be over as quickly as possible so I could move forward with my life.”