Robert Peter Williams, popularly known as Robbie Williams, is a BRIT Award-winning singer, dancer, and songwriter who garnered widespread publicity as a member of the pop boy band, ‘Take That’. He is one of the best-selling music artists whose albums have made records with their worldwide sale of 70 million. As a solo artist, he has 17 BRIT Awards to his credit, a record that remains unbroken till date. He has been voted as the ‘Greatest Artist of the 1990s and he has also been inducted in the UK Music Hall of Fame. He is the only bestselling non-Latino artist in Latin America. As an individual, he constantly surfaces in the British media for his heavy party-style life, sexy appeal and for his romantic affairs with many women. Though, many a times, he has caught the attention of the media for wrong reasons, he has also won the hearts of many with his active participation in humanitarian efforts. He runs a charity organization, ‘Give It Sum’ for the under-privileged people in his hometown of Stroke-on-Trent. He is a patron of Donna Louise Trust and is also an ambassador of UNICEF. He is a man with different tastes and harbors a great fascination toward UFOs and their mystical phenomena.
Childhood & Early Life
Robbie Williams was born to Janet and Peter Williams in Stroke-on-Trent. His parents divorced while Robbie was only three years old. He has a sister named Sally.
He studied at Mill Hill Primary School and pursued his high school education at St. Margaret Ward's Roman Catholic School in Tunstall. As a child, he was extremely mischievous and was considered the trouble-maker in his school. He also failed in his high school examination.
In his early teens, he performed minor roles for Stoke-on-Trent Theatre Company and had even made minor appearances in Brookside, a UK television soap opera.
He quit school at the age of 16 and unwillingly, took the job of a salesperson as he needed to earn his livelihood.
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His music career commenced in 1990, when his mother Janet, made him attend an audition for a new boy band, ‘Take That’. Once he was selected, his music career took off.
He earned great recognition as a singer and dancer through ‘Take That’ and worked with the group for five years. He finally left the band in 1995 as he wanted to earn his place in the music industry as a solo artist.
In 1996, he released the single, ‘Freedom’, a cover of George Michael’s song. The song rose to the number two position in the UK singles chart.
The same year, he collaborated with the Guy Chambers, a songwriter and producer and released his first single ‘Old Before I Die’, which was ranked number two on the UK music chart.
He released his debut album, ‘Life Thru A Lens’, in September 1997. The single ‘Angels’, was certified platinum by the BPI and the album became a best-seller in the United Kingdom.
With the release of his second album ‘I’ve Been Expecting You’, Williams established himself as the biggest-selling artist in UK by 1998. One of the singles of the album, ‘Millennium’, became a huge hit.
With the aim of expanding to the American market, he entered into a contract with Capitol Records, a part of EMI in 1999 and released the album ‘The Ego Has Landed’.
In 2002, he broke his official tie from Guy Chambers, his long-time collaborator after the release of his album ‘Escapology’.
In 2005, he collaborated with Stephen Duffy, the British songwriter and released the album ‘Intensive Care’ and produced compilations that were ranked number one in 18 countries.
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In 2006, he released his solo album ‘Rudebox’ that earned a double platinum status.
He collaborated again with Guy Chambers for his next album ‘Reality Killed the Video Star’, which released in 2009. The same year, he worked with his former band ‘Take That’ which kindled the rumors regarding his reunion with the band.
His most recent album, ‘Take The Crown’, released in 2012 and the single, ‘Candy’ became a best-seller.
The single ‘Angels’ from the album ‘Life Thru a Lens’, created history in the UK music world as the ‘Best Single of All Time’ and earned a double platinum, with a worldwide sale of two million copies.
The album ‘I've Been Expecting You’, which released in October 1998, reached the number one position in the UK music charts and also became the ‘Best-Selling Album of the Year’. The single ‘No Regrets’, from ‘I've Been Expecting You’ became extremely popular around Europe and South America.
Awards & Achievements
He is the winner of seventeen BRIT Awards, and is currently the only artist to have ever achieved so many.
In 2004, in recognition of his musical prowess, he was voted as the ‘Greatest Artist of the 1990s.
He was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
Personal Life & Legacy
He has had many romantic affairs with celebrities like Nicole Appleton, Rachel Hunter, and Ayda Field.
He married Ayda Field, the American actress, in 2010 at his home in Los Angeles. On 18 September 2012, Ayda gave birth to their girl baby, Theodora Rose.
His private life had been a great battle of depression and alcohol and drug abuse for which he was treated in the Clouds House Drink and Drugs Rehabilitation Clinic in the USA.
His name entered the Guinness Book of World Records during his 2006 World Tour, as his concert sold 1.6 million tickets in a single day, the highest at the time by any solo artist.
This popular English singer and songwriter, used to smoke up to 60 cigarettes a day.
This British singer has a great fascination towards UFOs and this made him host a special radio show called “Journey to the Other Side,” along with the documentary maker Jon Ronson.