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
Robbie Williams says his fame has come from his low self-esteem, which has been a ''real drive''.
Robbie Williams doesn't like himself very much.
The 45-year-old singer admitted that he suffers from a ''lack of self-esteem and self-worth'' but it is this lack of confidence that he credits his success to, calling it a ''curse and a blessing''.
Speaking on the WW Wellness that Works podcast, Robbie - who is a WW ambassador - explained: ''The curse is a blessing because this lack of self-esteem, lack of self worth. It's been real drive. You know, it's like I'm here because I don't like myself very much. You know, that's the truth about the inside working of my mind, it's like, I don't like myself a lot and I feel uncomfortable in my own skin. And because of that, it's propelled me to do this on stage and be the 'let me entertain you' guy.''
Continue reading: Robbie Williams: 'I Don't Like Myself Very Much'
Robbie Williams has revealed that his hit song 'Angels' was actually about his encounters with ghosts as a kid, which ''freaked'' his father out.
Robbie Williams' biggest hit 'Angels' is about him communicating with spirits as a child.
The 45-year-old pop star has previously opened up about his own experiences with extra terrestrials and went on to feature in the documentary 'Hunt For The Skinwalker' about one of the most famous paranormal spots in the world last year.
Now the former Take That member has revealed the origin of his 1997 song from his debut solo LP 'Life thru a Lens', which is about his encounters with ''dead people'' as a youngster.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams' Biggest Hit Angels Is About His Ghost Encounters
Robbie Williams says fatherhood has changed him and he's swapped late nights and ''strippers and cocaine'' for ''hummus and celery''.
Robbie Williams has changed since he became a father.
The 'Angels' hitmaker - who has Theodora, six, Charlton, four, and Colette, six months, with his wife Ayda Field - says he used to be all about late nights and ''strippers and cocaine'' before he became a dad but now he realises he wasn't an ''insomniac'', he was just ''a bit lazy''.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, he said: ''Back in the 90s, it used to be strippers and cocaine and now it's hummus and celery and my life is much better for that. I used to live on rock star hours, which was go to bed at three or four o'clock in the morning, and wake up in the afternoon. You quickly realise when you have a child you are not an insomniac but a bit lazy and prone to exaggeration.''
Continue reading: Robbie Williams: Fatherhood's Changed Me
The former Take That singer and Led Zeppelin guitarist have been butting heads over Williams' plans for an underground pool since 2013.
The legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist has objected to 44 year old Williams’ plans ever since they were lodged with the local council back in 2013, arguing that construction work on the pool would lead to potentially “catastrophic” consequences for his own property.
However, the former Take That singer’s plans have eventually been granted conditional approval, with Kensington and Chelsea Council planning committee chairman councillor Quentin Marshall stating that the two should sit down and talk about the issues that construction will raise.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Wins In House Planning Dispute With Jimmy Page
Williams is due to perform gigs in South America for the next three weekends.
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.
Continue reading: Nile Rodgers To Stand In For Robbie Williams On 'The X Factor'
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.
Ayda Field and Robbie Williams have expanded to a family of five
Now the new mum and new TV star judge, 39, has revealed she never thought she'd get to be a mother for a third time.
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The surprise announcement came via Ayda's Instagram on Friday morning.
Pop icon Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field have delighted their fans with a surprise, announcing the birth of their third child, a daughter born via a surrogate.
Upcoming ‘X Factor’ judge Field shared an image via Instagram of her family’s hands, including those of their brand new baby, on Friday morning (September 7th).
In a lengthy caption, the couple – who are already parents to five year old daughter Theodora Rose and three year old son Charlton – revealed their “long and difficult path” to welcome their third baby via an “incredible” surrogate.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams And Wife Ayda Field Welcome Third Baby Via Surrogate
From Robbie Williams to Olly Murs, these musicians are still football mad.
As football fans all around the world buzz about Transfer Deadline Day, watching the flurry of activity online as clubs make the most of their last chance to transfer players, it got us thinking about how many big musicians transferred their careers from the pitch to the stage.
Here are 7 artists who pursued music despite having a promising football future:
Continue reading: 7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music
The star revealed it's hard work being inside his head sometimes
Former Take That star and rumoured new X Factor judge Robbie Williams has opened up about his health and revealed he thinks he may have Asperger's Syndrome or registers on the autistic spectrum. The Let Me Entertain You singer - who performed the hit in Russia to open the current World Cup - has, in the past, revealed his struggles with depression, anxiety and addiction.
Robbie Williams has opened up about his health struggles
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 2, the dad-of-two said he feels something "is missing" inside him and put it down to the possibility of the two conditions. He also revealed he felt it was quite "hard work" being in his head at times.
The former Take That singer could be set to take a seat on the ever-changing judge panel
The line-up for the X Factor judging panel is often just as dramatic as the show itself with departures, new arrivals, fashion faux-pas and glamourous good looks in abundance. Now, as 2018 bumps along into the sixth month, speculation has heightened about who will sit in those four coveted spots.
Could husband and wife duo, Robbie and Ayda, be set to join this year's X Factor?
With judging stalwart Louis Walsh now officially out of the picture and glamour pussycat doll, Nicole Scherzinger not signed up for another series, talk has turned to their replacementa and it seems the bad boy of Take That - Mr Robbie Williams himself - is being lined up for a spot on the show.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams And Wife Ayda Field To Appear On X Factor?
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
Robbie Williams seen outside BBC Radio 2 at BBC Western House, London, United Kingdom - Friday 30th September 2016
Robbie Williams performs on stage during the Apple Music 10 Festival held at the Roundhouse, London, United Kingdom - Sunday 25th September 2016
Robbie Williams - Robbie Williams at Bonhams Auction House where he led the auction of a set of hand written lyrics for his song 'Kids' during 'The Robbie Williams Charity Sale: "Doing it for the Kids"' which is being held at Bonhams Knightsbridge - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 15th July 2015
Date of birth
13th February, 1974
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