Let’s face it, Robbie Williams will always be a member of Take That in our hearts. But, just to clarify, he assures us that he really is still in the group.
The singer rejoined the group – which he quit in 1995 – for an album and tour in 2012 and despite subsequently releasing a new solo album, Take The Crown, and announcing a European tour, he says it doesn’t mean he has left the band. However, Robbie admits he is unsure when he will work with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald again.
He said, “Am I rejoining Take that? I haven’t officially left. This is all written now, what happens with me and the boys, it’s up to us to write what configuration, what happens, how we sing it, where we go if we do go, if we don’t go, and that is still up in the air. Very, very much.
“What I do know, God willing if we all remain healthy, then I will definitely be a part of Take That at some point because I love being in the band, I love the boys and I love the creative process with them.”
Robbie credits the band and his baby daughter, Theodora ‘Teddy’ Rose, with giving him the confidence to return to touring as a solo artist again. Speaking at a press conference at London’s Soho Hotel to announce his 2013 tour, he said: “It’s joyful being around them and that tour last summer was just absolutely incredible, it kick-started my professional career, not for other people, but for my sake – got my confidence back.
“Being with the boys gave me space to find myself again, I’m back, I want to go on tour and I want to smash it. I’m sure there are many factors why I’m back and I’ve got the energy, Take That being one and my baby being the other.”
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Robbie Williams – who has had several stints in rehab to combat drug and alcohol addiction – admits there is a part of him that is “mad for” dangerous narcotics and he’ll never get over his urges completely.
He said: “Everything I like is addictive, destructive, or corrosive. Addiction to danger is no stranger to me, it’s fashion.
“There’s always going to be a part of me that wants to exist in a psychedelic realm. I only did heroin once and never got addicted but there is still a lot of me that is mad for all that.”
While Robbie is still tempted to take drugs, he knows he has to stay away from cocaine because it affects him so badly. He explained in an interview with The Sun newspaper: “I can’t do coke as my body convulses and it’s not pretty. My arm goes numb and my heart is about to give in.”
Though Robbie, 38, is delighted to be a father after wife Ayda Field gave birth to their daughter Theodora ‘Teddy’ Rose in September, he admits he considered walking out on his marriage because he was so worried about being a parent. He said: “When Ayda was first pregnant we’d have a week of me saying, ‘I didn’t want this. You f***ing wanted this.’ But that was just being scared.
“There have been times when I’ve wanted to run off. I will admit that. I start to think, ‘I’m not old enough for this and I’m still a kid myself’ but I work it out.”
Robbie Williams became a father for the first time last month when wife Ayda gave birth to little Theodora ‘Teddy’ Rose and he’s hoping she follows in his rebellious footsteps. Robbie, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction in the past, said “I think it’s going to be very difficult for her to get into trouble with me.’ So you bunked off school? F***ing great, well done. Don’t get caught next time.’”
Williams continued, saying “I’d be disappointed (if she wants to stay in and do her homework). Mine you, though, my missus was a right swot. Very much of the square variety. She’s incredibly smart.”
Since becoming a dad, Robbie has been on his best behaviour for the sake of Teddy but he knows it’s not going to last forever. He told ShortList magazine “I’ve really cleaned up my act for the baby. I’ve stopped smoking. I was smoking three packs a day. I want to give the baby at least a good year with a responsible parent. She’ll know me as a f**k-up, but at least the first year, I was there. I’ll video it so she can see it later.”
The only thing I like better than candy is new music from Robbie Williams. And I really like candy. The boy bander turned international solo pop star has released his video for Candy, the first single from Williams’ ninth solo studio album Take The Crown.
Skins actress Kaya Scodelario stars in the video as a selfish posh girl who requires the aid of her guardian angel, played by Robbie, to keep her alive in her life of cell phones and bored looks. Williams throws punches, runs through glass and rides a white horse after becoming a knight, all in the name of keeping Scoderlario safe.
Williams wrote the song with his former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow, who has also enjoyed a successful solo career outside of the English pop act. Williams has said that he hopes to collaborate on a full album with Barlow in the future, adding “Some songs take an age to write and some songs just fall out of your mouth completely formed, and you don’t have to think about it. I don’t know why that fell out of my mouth and out of my brain at that particular time – it just did.”
Shot in London, the video for Candy was directed by Joseph Kahn, who has worked with everyone from Maroon 5 to Destiny’s Child to Eminem.
Take The Crown is set to be released in the UK on November 5.