How he feels today about his fight with Take That

Robbie Williams takes the blame for years of rivalry with his ex-band Take That in retrospect. He would have needed “the kick”.


the essentials in brief

  • Robbie Williams spoke about the dispute with Take That in an interview.
  • He takes the blame for the problems himself.

Robbie Williams, 48, has recalled his exit from Take That and his subsequent falling out with Gary Barlow, 51. Speaking to BBC Radio 2 presenter Scott Mills, the singer said: “I think I was in the middle of a nervous breakdown, the first of many.”

His “computer” ran hot, so to speak, because of all the information, Williams explains. “I felt like I was in a burning building and had to get out.” When he told his band members in the middle of a tour in 1995 how he felt and that he wanted to leave the band afterwards, he had not expected the answer from his buddies. “They actually said, ‘Actually, if you want to go, can you go right now?’

Robbie Williams: “I wanted this conflict”

Robbie Williams left Take That and launched a successful solo career. However, he could not forget the rivalries with his old band and especially with Gary Barlow. “It’s your tribe versus their tribe, and my tribe was me and their tribe was Gary Barlow, and I wanted that clash because I kind of got a kick out of it. Unfortunately, Gary didn’t feel that way and didn’t get a kick out of it because he was an adult who didn’t need that kind of excitement in his life. I really wanted him to react, but like I said, he was an adult.”

He is not proud of the things he said and did then, Williams said today. In the meantime, however, the dispute should also be forgotten – there have already been several reunion moments. “I will always be the younger brother and he will always be the older brother,” Williams clarifies. “We are a family. It’s like a blood family with all the good and all the bad. On this journey, on this planet, we are inseparable.”

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