Robbie Williams has opened up about how ex-SPICE GIRL GERI HALLIWELL helped him to come to terms with the transition from boy-band heartthrob to solo star.
Speaking in this week’s issue of Radio Times magazine, he says: “I went from being in an incredibly naff boy-band to hanging around with the biggest stars in the world and I was impressed. Geri did the same thing so I can talk about stuff to her I haven’t with anyone else. She says, ‘It’s five years ago Rob, why haven’t you resolved all that?’ But I still feel a twitch in my chest when I remember those days.”
Robbie whose former Number One single ‘Rock DJ’ is now at Number Three, after the Posh/True Steppers and Sophie/Spiller battle last week, was playing down the reports of his “romance” with Geri, who he has been spending time with in St Tropez on holiday. As reported on nme.com last week, he had already admitted the pair are just mates who could identify with each other because they have shared experiences in the pop world.
Extracts from the interview – in which he also says he wrote his album, ‘Sing When You’re Winning’, while he was “was coming out of being mixed up, with my brain sideways” – have been circulating in UK tabloids today (August 21).
He also reveals that he is deeply insecure about his music: “Whenever I get a bad review, I think, ‘You’re right’. But they are talking about Robbie and I created him anyway.
“I’m at peak interest with the public, and I know that level of fame won’t last.
“Everyone has their demons. I’m a split personality, a psychologist’s dream. Part of my character is very self-destructive. If people thought of me the way I think of myself, I’d kill them.”