After Robbie Williams decided to move back to England from Los Angeles, his relationship with Ayda Field looked doomed, but the pair enjoyed a romantic Valentine’s Day and the former Take That star’s 35th birthday over the weekend, and friends tell The Mirror their relationship is stronger than ever. “Ayda has a lot of work going on back in the States but she was desperate to be with Robbie in England for his birthday,” a friend told the British tabloid. “When he suggested going to see his mum in Stoke, she said yes. Jan is recovering really well from her op at Christmas and this was another factor in Robbie moving back home.” Read more.
Howard Donald tells Q magazine he and ex Take That bandmate Robbie Williams once had a “group wank”, admitting the masturbation session took place when the British boy band started out. “It were me and Rob… it only happened once,” Donald claimed. Mark Owen added that he observed the activity, but didn’t participate. “That was an odd one, that,” Owen said. “I think I was more of an observer.”
Robbie Vows Never To Return To Take That
January 25, 2009 – News of the World reports Robbie Williams has vowed never to return to the boy band that launched his career, Take That, and that his next solo album will top the group – or anyone else for that matter – when it comes out in the summer. “There’s no way I’ll ever go back to Take That,” Williams told a friend. “I’ve got plans which involve me and nobody else. I’m going to beat them in the charts — I’ll sell more records than anybody else.”
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The Sun reports Robbie Williams’ jetted back to Britain to look after of his mother Jan, who went into a hospital for heart bypass surgery. The 67-year-old was said to be in a “critical but stable” condition Sunday night, a few hours after undergoing surgery. “Jan was put in intensive care immediately after the operation, where she’ll be monitored extremely closely,” a source told the British tabloid. “She will almost certainly spend Christmas Day in hospital, but if all goes well she might be discharged by New Year. Robbie is desperate to make sure everything goes exactly to plan.” Read more.
Sander van Doorn vs Robbie Williams ‘Close My Eyes’ Video
December 19, 2008 – Sander van Doorn is out with his new track in collaboration with Robbie Williams, entitled ‘Close My Eyes’. The original track was called ‘We’re The Pet Shop Boys’, off Robbie last album ‘Rudebox’. Watch it below.
Robbie Hopes Take That Reunion Reunion Will Boost His Solo Career
December 15, 2008 – News of the World hears that Robbie Williams’ plans to perform a one off gig with his former Take That bandmates on their final tour gig at Wembley on July 5th is a strategic move to drum up interest in his next album. Robbie plans to drop a new single the next month and the ‘Rudebox’ follow-up in September. “He has rediscovered how to write earth shatteringly good pop anthems like ‘Angels’,” a source told Dan Wootton. “He knows this is his last chance to make it big again. He needs the band to be successful again. And for Robbie, success and being Number One again are the only things that will make him happy now.”
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Take That Are Keeping In Touch With Robbie
December 3, 2008 – Gary Barlow spoke with the Daily Record at the Paris launch of Take That’s new album ‘The Circus’, where he predicted Robbie Williams will rejoin the group “one day”, and hinted that the pair have ended their public feud. “The five of us were together a lot over the summer and it felt like we were back in the ’90s,” Barlow said. “I get an email every week from Rob, Mark [Owen] gets one every other week and [Jason Orange] phones him once a week. We’re all keeping in touch. It’s really fun getting to know him again, I must say. The five of us are rebuilding our friendship and that’s really the only place to start.” Read more.
The Sun reports Robbie Williams has split from his girlfriend Ayda Field. The British pop star, 24 and the American actress, 29, had been dating for the past 14 months. “They’ve had a good time and have a lot of fond memories, but they both realize this split is for the best,” a source told Gordon Smart.
34-year-old singer Robbie Williams smoked a cigarette while signing autographs for resellers outside trendy Hollywood nightclub Villa in Los Angeles, California on June 16th.
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Robbie Takes Up Camping, Hoping For UFO Sighting
July 17, 2008 – The Sun reports Robbie Williams has taken to camping in the California wilderness with friends, hoping to see UFOs while he’s roughing it. “Rob has been taking pals out to the woods for long weekends,” a source tells Gordon Smart. “He wants to live like a cowboy in a Western. He also has a fascination with UFOs and thinks he has more chance of seeing one away from LA’s bright lights.”
In an interview with The Mirror, ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell blasted Britney Spears for courting the excessive attention she’s been receiving. “Britney has brought this on herself,” Cowell said. “I think she’s manipulated the whole thing, like waving a pregnancy test at the cameras. I’ve heard she won’t leave the house until there are enough photographers there. Even some of the biggest celebrities in the world manage to have a quiet life. Look at Tom Hanks, no one bothers him. So it is possible. I hated Britney’s last album [‘Blackout’]. That song ‘Gimme More’ sounded like a ringtone – it reminded me of that awful Crazy Frog song. Utter rubbish. She could well have had her last No.1. And certainly her last meaningful one.”
Cowell also was critical of Robbie Williams. “EMI pay him £80million and he goes on strike,” he said, referring to the singer’s bitterness over private equity company Terra Firma taking over the label last year. “If he felt that strongly then he should give all the money back. People are losing their jobs while he is doing nothing. I like Robbie, but the whole strike thing is complete nonsense. I think Take That appreciate their success a bit more. They don’t take it too seriously, and Robbie shouldn’t either.” Read more.
The Sun hears that the truce developed between Robbie Williams and his songwriting partner Guy Chambers was shattered after Rob learned Guy had been working with his ex-Take That bandmate Gary Barlow. “Robbie and Guy patched up their differences last year,” a source told the British tabloid. “They had been back in the studio trying to find the spark that produced Rob’s best material. They gave it a go but it didn’t work out – they had both moved on. But while they were working together in LA, Guy was asked to work as part of a team with Gary on a new TV show. He never mentioned it to Robbie. Rob heard Gary was in LA working and found out it was with Guy. He wasn’t best pleased when he heard.” Read more.
Robbie Protesting EMI’s New Owners Terra Firma
January 11, 2008 – The Times of London reports that Robbie Williams is angry with the private equity firm Terra Firma that has taken over his record company EMI, and his manager Tim Clark is suggesting the singer could withhold a new album unless things change. “The question is, ‘Should Robbie deliver the new album he is due to release to EMI?’ We have to say the answer is ‘No’,” Clark said. “We have no idea how EMI will market and promote the album. They do not have anyone in the digital sphere capable of doing the job required. All we know is they are going to decimate their staff.”
Clark complained that the financier was acting like a “plantation owner” who had stumbled into the record industry via a “vanity purchase”. As for what the label could do at this point, Clark said, “EMI can sue or pay up his contract. Robbie needs to know what services EMI can provide to an artist of his standing.” Also unhappy with the current situation at EMI is another sales titan Coldplay.
Robbie: No Tour In ’08, No Album Till ’09
January 9, 2008 – Robbie Williams checked in with fans on his official web site’s blog on Thursday (January 3). The singer writes, “There might not be a proper album out this year and there definitely won’t be a tour any time soon. Fu** that, the last one nearly killed me. There will be some kind of something this year. I might just put the B-sides to the next album out first online. Then put an album out in 2009. Which means you won’t be seeing a lot of me on stage for a while. Sorry folks. I do have to say, the more time I’m spending away from public life, the more I like it. Unfortunately I have a massive competitive urge that wants me to put out three albums a year. Which one will win? I’m sure as soon as I get bored I’ll be back. But right now there’s a soy vanilla latte and mince pie waiting for me in the kitchen.”
Robbie Apologizes To Former Take That Manager
December 6, 2007 – Robbie Williams has apologized and paid a reported $1 million settlement to former Take That manager Nigel Martin Smith after the British pop star made an allegation about Nigel in one of his songs. Watch a report from ITN below.
‘RTL Boulevard’ discussed Robbie Williams on Monday (November 26) as the singer was videotaped exiting the InterContinental Amstel hotel in Amsterdam looking barely recognizable sporting a mustache, beard, ski cap, and sunglasses.
The video clip at RTL.nl has since been removed.
Robbie Furious With Paparazzi Hounding Britney
September 29, 2007 – Robbie Williams spoke with the Observer Sport Monthly about his anger over the paparazzi relentlessly hounding Britney Spears outside the troubled singer’s home. “I go past Britney Spears’ house every day on the way to my hike and there’s 30 cars outside, and I just want to get out and kill them,” Robbie explained. “You know, for some it’s like water off a duck’s back but for me it’s an injustice. It’s just how I’m built. I’m not saying I’m topped up with the world’s biggest heap of integrity myself, but I have a basic sense of what’s right and wrong, and how you should treat people.”
Gary Barlow Confirms Robbie Williams Isn’t Rejoining Take That
August 9, 2007 – Ross King reported from GMTV in Hollywood, revealing the truth about Robbie Williams reportedly rejoining Take That. Gary Barlow confirmed to King that while he and bandmate Mark Owen did meet with the singer while in Los Angeles for the premiere of ‘Stardust’, Robbie is not rejoining the band. Roo.com has since removed the video.
Robbie’s LA Vale Wraps Up Season
August 2, 2007 – Robbie Williams Soccer team LA Vale played their last game of the season on Saturday (July 28) in Los Angeles, California. The British pop star was seen adjusting himself as he cheered on his team from the sideline. Check out pictures from BigPictures.
Nikkala Scott spoke with News of the World about being seduced by Robbie Williams after the singer eyed the model on Page 3 of The Sun and ringing her up for a date. “Robbie’s a very attractive guy and can be really charming,” the 24-year-old 34DD beauty said. “He told me he’d seen my picture and asked if I wanted to go out for dinner. We went out, had a really nice meal and then he took me back to his place.”
Robbie & Becks Set To Battle On The Pitch
July 2, 2007 – The People reports that David Beckham will run celeb team Hollywood United on days off from playing for LA Galaxy, which will put him up against Robbie Williams’ LA Vale team. “It is great news for the team and we’re really glad David is getting involved in local life in LA,” a Hollywood United fan said. “It’ll be great if he can turn the team into one of the best around.” Read more.
Robbie Walking His Dog
June 4, 2007 – Robbie Williams was spotted walking his German Shepherd in the Hollywood Hills, sporting an L.A. Vale tracksuit, which is the amateur soccer team that the singer sponsors and plays in. Pictures from INF have since been removed.
News of the World reports Robbie Williams is moving out of Los Angeles to shack up in London with pal Jonathan Wilkes, his wife Nikki and their one-year-old son, Mickey. “Robbie is coming home to be close to the people who love him,” a friend revealed “He wants to have some fun with his friends and concentrate on getting rid of his demons. Some of the best days were back when he lived with Jonathan in their bachelor pad together. He’s looking forward to a life of golf and football for a while and being with his mates and family.”
Robbie & Dad Visit Dean Martin’s Burial Site
May 7, 2007 – Robbie Williams spoke with The Sun about how he and his visiting father made a spiritual trip to pay their respects at Dean Martin’s burial site at Westwood Memorial Park. “My Dad has read two books on Dean Martin lately and is a massive fan,” Robbie explained. “I thought I should go down and pay my respects. But then I thought, is that bothering him?”
Gary Barlow Doesn’t Want Robbie Williams Returning To Take That
April 30, 2007 – The People hears that Gary Barlow was fuming when Robbie Williams’s mother comment about how Rob would like to perform with Take That again. “Gary doesn’t think the band needs him,” a source said. “He missed his chance when they reunited.”
Robbie At Koi In West Hollywood
April 18, 2007 – Robbie Williams was spotted waiting for his car outside Koi in West Hollywood over the weekend. When outside the restaurant, a woman asked the British singer if he knew Gene Carrier, someone who claimed to be Robbie’s father. “Is that a joke? Not a clue who he is,” Robbie told the lady. Footage from TMZ has since been removed.
Robbie Will Reunite With Take That, Says Mom
April 8, 2007 – Jan Williams tells The Sunday Mirror that her son Robbie Williams’ plans to reunite with his Take That bandmates after their triumphant comeback tour and #1 album. “He’s thrilled at how Take That have come back,” Jan said. “On the question of him doing something with them, I feel that will happen. It would be something he wanted to do. I’m thrilled out of all the negative stuff that happened in the past there’s now something great happening.”