February 4, 2023

Robbie Williams Shirtless, lying on the bed. “I’m on vacation in Ibiza,” he tells us with a laugh, tucking a cushion around the back of his neck. It’s not every day we interview an international star in his bed, even through an inset screen, but the jovial and playful nature of our interlocutor suggests that the practice isn’t uncommon for him. However, the scene quickly turned into a telepsychotherapy session. Robbie Williams admitted that if he locked himself in the room, it must have been to escape the chaos of his third daughter Colette’s birthday party, who had just turned four, and because there was something in the next room that made him want to stay away. “I have to stay away from cake and pizza,” he said. Is he dieting? The answer is sincere: “My nature drives me to indulge in everything that hurts me: I’m addicted to all kinds of things, I don’t know how to restrain myself, so I have to be constantly vigilant… If I listen to myself, I’ll change It was so big that it took a crane to lift me off the couch. »

Robbie, his multiple addictions, his self-destructive tendencies: a thick chapter in the 48-year-old’s story.exist revealIn his 2017 autobiography, a particularly striking scene revealed the extent of his ordeal: One day, after a mix of cocaine and antipsychotics, he found himself lying alone in a pool of blood in the toilet. Then a thought crossed him: “I’m dying, I have nothing to do with it”.

Fortunately, his romantic relationship with Idafield began fifteen years ago, with their marriage, their four children, and then over excess and addiction.

But at the end of the day, it’s Robbie Williams, the youngest member of the famous boy band Take That. It will be recalled that when the band disbanded in 1996, the UK set up an emergency number to comfort desperate fans.Robbie celebrates 25 years of solo career today twenty fivea new album featuring all his hits, recorded in orchestral version by Metropole Orkest.

Do you remember the day you decided to leave Take That to pursue a solo career?
I remember I was devastated. I’m in depression and this is the first of a long series and I have no other choice. I had to get out of a situation that made me feel uncomfortable, neglected and unloved. I have become an alcoholic and a drug addict. So many elements tell me to flee.

Take That in 1992.

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What makes you think things will improve outside of the band?
In reality, I imagined that after a long journey, I would be who I am now. If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have left in such a hurry.

What have you learned over time?
The odds of waving a wand solving all my problems are slim. To me, the 1990s were a mixture of different fantasies, all very seductive. I’m an impulsive person and I love planning comets.

Yes, we remember you leaving Take That in a hurry…
Well, I have to ask your forgiveness, don’t I? (he smiled).

At the time, it was said that you had frequent fights with Gary Barlow on a whim…
Nobody cares about me. The only person who cares is Gary. We are like his troupe of dancers. If things were different, I probably wouldn’t have felt the need to leave.

Are the other members of Take That still mad at you?
Take that as a family. And I will always be the youngest, all that is needed. That is, I was always the turbulent element, and others were always gentle with me, and vice versa.

You are the most successful person you will meet later.
I’m very lucky.

Did you know there was a demonstration when you left the group?
I am often drunk. I know it’s happening, but I’m experiencing nervous exhaustion.I find it hard to remember what my state of mind is

Has fame ruined you?
That kind of fame ruined everyone at Take That. I went to rehab, so did Mark, Gary was depressed and he wouldn’t go out for a while, Jason left the band because he couldn’t do it anymore, and Howard wanted to kill the group when they broke up.

When you were a teenager, you were thrown into the arena. In your opinion, is your record company and your manager liable in this situation?
No one in our management has ever experienced such a phenomenon. We were never really ready for this kind of crazy media coverage. We don’t know if we haven’t experienced it. I don’t want to be a manager. I don’t know what it would be like to be in the record business today for a 17-year-old. I just know that to survive these situations, you have to be with someone who is empathetic.

What is the fondest memory of your career?
I can’t say. I think the best is yet to come.

In 2003, you took a fan on stage at a concert and kissed her passionately, leaving a deep impression on you. what is your opinion?
There is no premeditated.I consider myself first and foremost a artist, to me, there is nothing more natural than using all the means at my disposal to entertain the public. In the 1990s, as well as in the 1980s, pop stars were considered provocative. The public admires them because through these people they can experience something different.

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