"I felt a bit battered from the press. They'd been waiting for ages to give me a good kicking, and putting the boot in here and there, and then there was this collective, 'Quick! He's down! Jump on him. Kick him in the head. Make sure he's gone.' It was a moment of perceived weakness in a glittering career." British pop star Robbie Williams was hurt by the reaction to his flop 2006 album RUDEBOX.