E17: 'Robbie Williams Was Too Soft For Us'

Former EAST 17 star TONY MORTIMER insists pop rival ROBBIE WILLIAMS would never have lasted in his boyband - because they were too hardcore. The STAY ANOTHER DAY hitmaker, who will perform a comeback gig with his East 17 bandmates in London on 30 May (06), claims the group's outrageous rock 'n' roll lifestyle would have been too much for their tamer 1990s rivals TAKE THAT. And he reveals his frantic years in the band had a severe effect on both his mental and physical health. He says, "Robbie and the other Take That boys would not have lasted five minutes in East 17 - it was that full on we nearly didn't make it. "We killed off boybands. But East 17 almost destroyed me. "Three days of working seven days a week and not knowing where you are and what day it is takes its toll. At the end I was anorexic. I was over 6 foot tall and weighed nine stone but I didn't think I looked skinny. "East 17 almost ruined me, which is why I kept saying no to reuniting. "Towards the end I hid away after gigs and when the band split up I became really agoraphobic. If you walk out of the house every day and hundreds of people mob you it has a mental effect."


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hellovoila un petit commentaire en français histoire que personne ne me comprenne!sérieusement cela me fait drole de savoir que mon groupe favori lors de mon adolescence se reforme le temps d un concert!je regrette de ne pas pouvoir y assister puisque mon reve était de les rencontrer 1 jour.en ce qui concerne ces paroles je dis que chacun est libre de penser ce qu il veut en sachant que ces 2 carrieres sont totalement différentes.si jamais quelqu un a compris mon message faites moi signe 1 jour love++++sandrine
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if there ever was a boy band that rocked... - that was East-17 with all their hits. They've done more than any other boy band could ever do, liten to frikin TakeThat, or any other band, all they do is cry in evry song, East-17 was the best of the rest, glad u guys are getting back, From Rep. of Georgia!!!
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What a ridiculous statement for Tony Mortimore to make implying that Robbie Williams would never had made it with E17 and what difference would it of made anyway. Mr Williams partied just as hard as E17 but managed to clear his head and get his life back on track going onwards and upwards to become the mega star he is today. For Mr Mortimer to state comments like he has done sounds rather more like sour grapes in my opinion. Lets face it E17 couldn't hack it, went to ground and their music has been nul and void ever since. Just like Take Back and their flagging careers, E17 are just jumping back on the bandwagon and good luck to them as they were a good group, I just wish old has beens wouldn't keep bringing Robbie Williams into the equation as he has nothing to prove to anyone anymore and certainly not them!
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Robbie partied harder than any of them, but he pulled himself up by his bootstraps and hauled his way back to the mega star he is today. That is why I love and respect him.E17 have done nothing to be proud of and do themselves no favours by rubbishing artists 100 times better than they are, or ever were.
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well done for tony mortimer!!!mr williams thinks he is gods gift.He is not at all.East 17 are 4 great east london down to earth boys.I certainly are happy that they are back!!! and cant wait to see them again.Doing what they do best.I have missed them.Tony (who by the way is still as sexy as ever!!)was honest and open in that interview unlike alot of stars.Id like to wish tony,terry,brian and john all the luck in the world for your comeback tour.I cant wait to see you.xxx
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