Robbie Williams: ‘I want Liam Gallagher to make a really great album’

Former Take That singer also opens up about his past demons

Robbie Williams has admitted that he wants Liam Gallagher to “make a really great album.”

The singer and Oasis have had bitter public rows in the past with Noel Gallagher calling Williams ‘a fat dancer’ and the former Take That singer mocking their Knebworth shows. He allegedly sent Noel a pair of tap dancing shoes when he sold out three nights at Knebworth with a message boasting: “Dear Mr N Gallagher, you said two nights at Knebworth is history. Well, I guess three is just greedy. Yours, Rob.”

But reflecting on their time in the 90s he said: “Liam was the voice of our generation and the soundtrack to our lives and the music industry needs a Liam.

“For competitiveness I don’t think I’ve got anything to worry about [with his solo album]. But if Liam gets the right songs, in 12 months time he could push my competitive nature and I could be pissed off.

“Right now I just want him to make a really great album. The world misses him and I hope it is brilliant.”

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Williams hasn’t seen the band’s new documentary Supersonic but the singer said he would watch it.

He told The Sun: “If it’s on a flight then I will watch it. That was a fucking amazing time. High-octane stuff.

“Where were you while we were getting high? Well I was there – but I pushed it way too far. Things like that show everyone having an ace time but not the hangover.

“So yeah, I’d watch it on a plane but not if it reminded me of the hangover as I’ve been trying to get sober ever since.”

The singer who battled alcoholism and substance abuse in his younger days, has been clean for many years.

But he admitted that he is still tempted. “I don’t want to drink and I don’t want to take coke, I’m really pleased I don’t take coke but I do think about ecstasy.”

He also said that he still suffers from anxiety and depression. “I still suffer from anxiety. As I look out at the skyline, I’m sure that at every window someone is facing their own worry and panic about their own life,” he added.

“It’s either low-level or high-level depression. So I try to take care of myself the best I can. If that means resting and taking myself away for a few hours then I will.”

He continued: “I’ve been to therapy again this year. It’s a big do putting an album out, speaking to people like yourself and going on TV shows and then doing it again, country after country.

“Even if I was the most sound person, it would be stressful. And I’m not the most sound person – I am the opposite of that.”

Williams recently courted controversy in Russia over his new single ‘Party Like A Russian’ and its accompanying music video.