Robbie Williams was convinced his flop 2006 album RUDEBOX was the end of his career.
The 35 year old has long been lauded as the top male solo artist in the U.K., raking in more than 25 million album sales during his 13 year solo career following his departure from boyband Take That in 1995.
But the critics panned Rudebox and it sold only 500,000 copies in Britain - leaving Williams devastated.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I thought it had all gone on its a**e for me. Ever since being in Take That I've always had this thing, 'It's not going to last very long, lads, so we better enjoy it'.
"When Rudebox happened, I was like, 'Well, it's over'. I went away and thought, 'That's it, I'm not a pop star any more.'"
But the Angels hitmaker is confident his new record, Reality Killed The Video Star, will cement his status.
He adds, "I've been quite overwhelmed by how well people have taken me back, and how the new album is being received. My manager said people would think I wasn't bothered about the stuff if I didn't promote it. So I changed my mind. It's time for me to start working again."