Robbie Williams

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

13th February, 1974

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.85

Robbie Williams (born Robert Peter Williams, 13.2.1974) Robbie Williams is a British pop singer and songwriter. He rose to fame as a member of the boy band Take That and has experienced continued success with his solo career.

Childhood: Robbie Williams was raised in Stoke-on-Trent, by his mother Janet and his father Peter Williams. He also has a sister, Sally.

Robbie attended Mill Hill Primary School, followed by St. Margaret Ward's Roman Catholic School in Tunstall.

Music Career: Along with Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange and Howard Donald, Robbie Williams formed Take That in 1990. The band became hugely successful, with their debut album spawning four number one singles in the UK.

Robbie Williams quit the group in 1995. His increasing drug use had led to a near-overdose before performance at the MTV Europe Awards show. After leaving the band, Robbie Williams was frequently photographed out partying with members of Oasis, especially Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher. He even attended Glastonbury Festival with them that year.

Robbie William's first solo release was a cover of 'Freedom' by George Michael. It reached number two in the UK singles chart.

Williams was then introduced to Guy Chambers, with whom he would have a long-standing songwriting partnership. The debut single, Life Thru A Lens, was released in September 1997. The fourth single from the album, 'Angels' became his best-selling single in the UK and has been certified double platinum.

Robbie Williams' second solo album, I've Been Expecting You, was released the following year and was hugely successful. The first track, 'Millenium', was inspired by the work of John Barry (specifically his James Bond music). 'No Regrets' was a collaboration between Williams, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. The fourth single from the album was another cover: 'She's The One' originally featured on the World Party album Egyptology.

The Ego Has Landed was Williams's first album for Capitol Records and was released in July 1999 and saw his international profile increase considerably, especially in the USA and Canada.

The debut single taken from 2000's Sing When You're Winning was 'Rock DJ'. The song was reportedly inspired by the late Ian Dury. Its follow-up single, 'Kids' was a collaboration with Kylie Minogue.

Williams' next album was recorded during a two-week break from touring and was heavily inspired by his love of singers such as Frank Sinatra. The album was entitled Swing When You're Winning and the first track, 'Have You Met Miss Jones?' which was included on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Bridget Jones' Diary.

Swing When You're Winning included a number of duets, with artists including Jane Horrocks, Jonathan Wilkes, Nicole Kidman and Rupert Everett.

Robbie Williams signed an £80 million recording contract with EMI in 2002. The contract was well-publicised, as it was one of the highest-value contracts ever signed in the music industry at that time. Williams began writing without the help of Guy Chambers and 'One Fine Day' and 'Nan's Song' were two of the tracks that first wrote on his own. His fifth solo album, Escapology, was released across the globe in 2002.

The track 'Something Beautiful' was originally intended for Tom Jones, but the track was reworked and included on Escapology. Shortly after its release, Williams played three live concerts at Knebworth House, which attracted a total of 375,000 fans.

In 2004, Robbie Williams started working with Stephen Duffy (also known as Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy). Some of his collaborations with Duffy were included on his 2004 Greatest Hits album. One of the tracks, 'Radio' went straight to number one upon its release in the UK.

Robbie Williams and Stephen Duffy continued to work together for Williams' next album, Intensive Care. The track 'Ghosts' was inspired by 'Louise' by the Human League.

In November 2005, a documentary about Take That was screen ed on ITV1. Robbie Williams decided not to attend the preview screening in Notting Hill West London. The rest of the band was reunited for the event.

Williams' next album was entitled Rudebox. The album ventured into dance and electronic territory, far more than his previous album and featured collaborations with William Orbit, Pet Shop Boys, Mark Ronson and Joey Negro. The album received mixed reviews.

The single 'Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'Aime Plus', a duet with Lily Allen, was released in Latin America in 2007.

2009 saw the release of a new album from Robbie Williams. Entitled Reality Killed The Video Star, the album features production work from Trevor Horn and the first track, 'Bodies', was debuted on Chris Moyles' BBC Radio 1 show.

Robbie Williams also stated in 2009 that he felt ready to re-join Take That.

Personal Life: Robbie Williams has had a number of friendships with high-profile celebrities and has stated that it was Elton John who first booked him into a clinic to deal with his drug addiction. He has been romantically linked with Rachel Hunter and is now married to Ayda Field

Nile Rodgers To Stand In For Robbie Williams On 'The X Factor'

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 01 November 2018

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Williams is due to perform gigs in South America for the next three weekends.

Chic legend Nile Rodgers is set to stand in for Robbie Williams as a judge on this weekend’s edition of ‘The X Factor’ while he is absent on a South American tour.

The 66 year old funk and R&B icon will act as a temporary replacement for former Take That star Williams, who is missing three of ‘The X Factor’s live episodes for gigs in Chile, Mexico and Argentina, which were pre-arranged as part of his current Heavy Entertainment tour before he even signed up to the show.

As a result, for the first time in its 11-year history, ‘The X Factor’ will pre-record the live show this Saturday (November 3rd), according to the Mirror, with Rodgers set to be on hand in the studio that day to help mentor Williams’ groups.

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Ayda Field Worried She'd Never Be A Mother Again

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 12 October 2018

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The new X Factor judge recently welcomed her third child via a surrogate

Ayda Field has had a busy few months and has given her fans a number of surprises namely when her and pop star husband Robbie Williams were unveiled as the newest X Factor judges and when they revealed a newest addition to their family of four - a little girl called Coco who was born via a surrogate.

Image caption Robbie Williams at Soccer Aid reception

The 44-year-old is thrilled to be getting the chance to perform half an hour ahead of the Russia vs. Saudi Arabia match on Thursday (June 14th 2018), alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, expressing that it's always been something he's wanted to do beind a keen football lover himself.

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Robbie Williams And The Holland Park Peacock Vandals

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 30 April 2018

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The singer's motor is being targeted by a colourful flock.

It sounds like a cool band name but it's actually a true story. Most people would be thrilled to come across peacocks wandering in their yard, but for Robbie Williams and his neighbor Jimmy Page, they've become serious pests. It makes a change from the pair complaining about each other as they try and solve the problems caused by this flashy birds.

Image caption Robbie Williams performing live

According to The Sun, a group of peacocks keep wandering away from Holland Park onto their street and attacking their expensive cars. Most of the residents have luxury motors, and Robbie's BMW has received thousands of pounds worth of damage from the peacocks, who keep viciously pecking the vehicles.

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Robbie Williams Is Scared His Mental Illness Will Kill Him

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 28 February 2018

Robbie Williams

He has suffered from a variety of mental health issues since his twenties.

Mental illness has proved on multiple occasions that it doesn't discriminate, and Robbie Williams has confessed that he has had his own daily struggles with it for a number of years - since his early twenties in fact. Those struggles range from stage fright to anxiety about his weight and other areas of his life.

Image caption Robbie Williams outside BBC Radio 2 studios

Currently on his The Heavy Entertainment Show tour, the former Take That star is constantly worried about the effects of his self-destructive personality, concerned that his mental state will lead him down the same route as many troubled celebrities.

Continue reading: Robbie Williams Is Scared His Mental Illness Will Kill Him

Mark Ronson and Robbie Williams at the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 Presentation held at S.I.R. Studios in Los Angeles. The event was a special showcase debuting Stella's 2018 Autumn collection launch and was chock full of Hollywood stars wearing her designs - Pasadena, California, United States - Tuesday 16th January 2018

Robbie Williams seen arriving back at the Gotham Hotel - Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 5th June 2017

Take That members Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald join their old band mate Robbie Williams on stage at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert - The concert was set up to benefit the victims of the terror attack after Ariana's Manchester show the other week. Stars from the US and UK both graced the stage and played a concert full of emotion and love. The even was held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 4th June 2017

Robbie Williams arrives at Maida Vale Studios for a performance on BBC Radio 2 - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 8th December 2016

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field seen with their dogs outside ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Monday 14th November 2016