Robbie Williams reveals he became ‘vengeful’ of Take That bandmate Gary Barlow after growing jealous of his talent: ‘I wanted to make him pay’
Robbie Williams has revealed that he disliked his Take That co-star Gary Barlow so much that he became ‘vengeful.’
The singer, who eventually left the chart-topping band in 1995, admitted that he ‘wanted to make him pay’ as he was deeply jealous of his career and talents.
Speaking on his new Netflix documentary, Robbie Williams: Raw. Honest. Real, he also apologised for his behaviour towards Barlow.
Williams, 49, says: ‘I disliked Gary the most because he was the one that was supposed to have everything and the career and I wanted to make him pay. I was vengeful.’
He also described Barlow as ‘cold,’ adding: ‘It seemed to be one person managing Take That and it was Gary Barlow – it was all geared around him.
Brutal: Robbie Williams has revealed that he disliked his Take That co-star Gary Barlow so much that he became ‘vengeful’
‘And as a young person I would have been jealous of that. A lot of me resented him. I was going home from those days thinking this is weird and uncomfortable. It’s lord of the flies stuff.’
Williams also apologises to Gary for famously saying that Barlow was ‘dead’ and calling him a ‘p****’ on stage. He says: ‘I’m sorry that I treated Gary like that.’
The candid documentary, which will be released next Wednesday. also includes new admissions by the singer about his decline into drink and drug addiction.
He even admits that during the depths of his addictions he thought it would be better if he was dead.
He says:’ I did have a sense of what I was doing to myself and I didn’t care. There was a sense it would be best if I passed away. I didn’t care and it would be alright.
‘That’s where your addiction takes you, where it ends up. The natural progression of let’s see how far we can take this.
‘The thing that would destroy me has also made me successful. Big, more, touch the fire, push when it says pull. All of those things have given me my career.
‘But there’s also a detrimental side to it too.. For me to change I’ve got to be dying. Die or stop what you’re doing.’
Opinion: Speaking on his new Netflix documentary, Robbie Williams: Raw. Honest. Real, he also apologised for his behaviour towards Barlow
Insight: The candid documentary, which will be released next Wednesday. also includes new admissions by the singer about his decline into drink and drug addiction
In further emotional moments in the documentary, Ayda Field, the singer’s wife, and mother to their four children, discusses the pop star’s lowest moments as a drug addict.
She recalls calling him at 2am to discuss him checking into rehab. The documentary also details how attempting to cure his addiction to cocaine Williams relapsed on one occasion doing a line of the drug in the bathroom, and being discovered there in a sorry state by Ms Field.
She says: ‘We just talked all night. He had just relapsed and it was my entry way into addiction.
‘You wouldn’t notice his personality change but he would just throw up while watching TV. I didn’t know someone could have an addiction that would be deadly. I
‘I remember that being really scary because I was liking this person a lot.’
Looking back at previous less successful relationships, Williams discusses his break-up from former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, claiming he was told by a member of the paparazzi that she had been tipping them off so they could take photos as the pair went on holidays together.
‘It ruined in some way the memory of such a joyous part in my life,’ he says of the moment he was told this.
But Williams added: ‘It was a very confusing relationship because she’s a girl, I’m a boy. We were very good friends trying to sort out the wreckage of the past.’
The relationship started when Williams checked into Alcoholics Anonymous.
‘I just found her company very very easy,’ he says. ‘ There was a silliness we got on really well. It was fun. We were a little gang that was sharing a magical moment in a magical place.’
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