ROBBIE Williams’ singing career has spanned over two decades and he is one of the biggest names in pop.
The Sun previously revealed that he wants to reunite with Take That for their 25th-anniversary tour and now he’s been confirmed as a 2018 X Factor judge with wife Ayda. Here’s all you need to know about Robbie…
Who is Robbie Williams?
Robbie Williams is a 44-year-old British singer who rose to fame through Take That and later enjoyed success as a solo artist.
He has received a record-breaking 18 Brit Awards after winning his first back in 1998.
In 2017 he also picked up the Brits Icon award.
Robbie is actively involved in Soccer Aid for UNICEF and returned to captain England again in 2018.
Why did Robbie Williams quit Take That?
Robbie Williams has quit Take That twice – back in 1995 and again in less dramatic fashion in 2011.
Dedicated Take That fans were left sobbing in the mid-90s when it was announced that Robbie would be leaving the band.
He left after he was given an ultimatum by the rest of the Take That members to either clean up his act or quit as drink and drugs began to control his life.
But in tell-all documentary Take That: Look Back, Don’t Stare, Robbie revealed the extent of his bitter rivalry with Gary Barlow.
He said: “My problem has always been with Gary. It was always with Gary.
“I wanted to crush him. I wanted to crush the memory of the band – and I didn’t let go.
“You know, even when he was down, I didn’t let go. And for that, I sincerely apologise.”
Robbie rejoined the band in 2009 but left again in 2011 after signing a solo record deal with Universal Music.
At the time he told The Sun: “The gigs have been absolutely amazing – the best period of my career so far with those boys. Sharing it with somebody is much better than doing it by yourself, but then ego, want, need and a whole heap of other things kick in.
“And you start preparing for your own tour… and the other boys are going away for a bit and I don’t really know what’s on the cards with them. But we have to ride again, we have to – it’s too much fun.”
Robbie’s songs with Take That include Everything Changes, Could It Be Magic and Relight My Fire (featuring Lulu).
What is Robbie Williams’ net worth?
Robbie’s net worth is estimated to be around £155million.
This is through his record album sales, tours and various businesses.
Last year he and his wife Ayda Field moved into their £17million Kensington mansion that used to belong to film director Michael Winner.
In 2016 he also revealed that he paid himself £14million as well as another £2.7million in profits through his business Farrell Music Limited.
He earned most of his money through his Let Me Entertain You worldwide tour comprised of 40 dates.
The same year, Robbie also bagged a cool £1.6million for singing at the wedding of the daughter of oil magnate Rashid Sardarov.
Who is Robbie Williams’ wife Ayda Field?
Robbie’s wife is American TV actress and Loose Women panellist Ayda Field.
She has been dating Robbie since 2006 and got married to him in 2010 in Beverley Hills. They have two children together: Theodora (5) and Charlton (3).
She caused quite a stir when she revealed she sometimes faked orgasms.
The star dropped the bombshell as she discussed whether men could fake pleasure in bed – immediately prompting Robbie himself to storm the set in mock outrage.
The Take That star later admitted he had faked one before too.
When was the World Cup 2018 opening ceremony?
You can catch all the action from Moscow on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.
Coverage started at 2.30pm on June 14 while kick-off in Russia vs Saudi Arabia was set for 4pm – also on ITV.
Former Take That star Robbie said: “I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance.
“I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions over the world is a boyhood dream.”
He sang classics like “Let Me Entertain You” to millions of football fans around the world.
Is Robbie joining The X Factor 2018?
The Sun exclusively revealed how Robbie is being lined up – along with his wife – to join The X Factor for the 2018 series.
Secret negotiations had been ongoing for weeks before the story broke in June, with show bosses increasingly confident Robbie will sign up for the revamped judging panel.
A show insider said: “Robbie has always been Simon’s dream signing.
“Now it appears he’s finally going to get his man.
“Over the past 12 months they’ve become close, as have their wives who are also pals.
What are Robbie Williams’ hit songs?
According to the British Phonographic Industry, Robbie has been certified for 19.8 million albums and 6.4 million singles in the UK as a solo artist.
He is also one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold 75 million records worldwide.
He has had a string of hit singles including:
- Better Man
- Come Undone
- Let Love Be Your Energy
- Let Me Entertain You
- No Regrets
- Old Before I Die
- Rock DJ
- Sexed Up
- She’s the One
- Somethin’ Stupid
- Something Beautiful
Which of the Spice Girls did Robbie Williams sleep with?
He said: “I’m going to do it again aren’t I, am I doing it again? I was on stage and I was about to sing Back For Good and I said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I’m very fortunate I’m one of the only people in the world that can say they’ve been in Take That and four out of five of the Spice Girls’.
“And that was my joke. All right? So I do this funny aside but it has ramifications, real-world ramifications for years.
“For the record I haven’t. I really haven’t. I said four out of five because it was good for the joke.
“I think if you check records everybody knows how many it was. I’ve done it again haven’t I? Oh my God!”
Will Robbie Williams be joining Take That’s 25th anniversary tour?
Robbie is set to join the band for their 25th anniversary and insists he will join even if Jason Orange refuses.
This is all despite Robbie being forced to cut short his tour in September 2017 after a mystery illness left him unable to perform.
He is wary about the big commitment but says he is clear about wanting to rejoin the lads.
Even with Robbie’s new commitment to joining the tour, Gary said they have given up on Jason Orange ever returning.
What has Robbie Williams said about his mental health?
Robbie Williams has had an ongoing battle with mental illness and a history of depression and anxiety.
He said: “Fortunately and unfortunately, left to my own devices, I’m inclined to sabotage everything.
“I’ve got a disease that wants to kill me and it’s in my head, so I have to guard against that.”
The Angels singer has also compared himself to the late George Michael due to their “very similar roller-coaster” with drug addiction.
In September the singer sparked concerns for his health when he cancelled dates across Europe – ending his Heavy Entertainment Show tour.