Robbie Williams is marking his 47th birthday on Saturday. And the pop sensation has led a life filled with ups and downs – which he has always spoken openly on. One of the most pivotal times in the Angels hitmaker’s life was when he decided to quit megaband Take That in 1995.
His decision to leave Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Mark Owen behind broke the hearts of their loyal
fans and led to Robbie going out on his own.
The musician’s career thrived as a solo star but he battled with addiction and his mental health took a toll, but when he met American actress Ayda Field – at a party in LA in 2006 – his life improved for the better. While Robbie admitted in the past that he wasn’t looking for marriage and children at the time, the pair stuck together through difficult moments and their relationship only got stronger.
Now instead of being a troubled chart-topper, he is a happy family man who has overhauled his lifestyle. Proving how she makes him a better man, he previously gushed: “She makes me want to be a better person. And in the process, I have become a better person.”
And during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, last year, he explained: “I look back at 15 years of being with my wife, she did, she gave me a life. “Here I am on the telly getting emotional.
She absolutely did.” The couple who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in 2020 love living a laid back life with their four children – which is a far cry from Robbie’s wild parting days.
The singer rose to fame in Take That with Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Mark Owen One major lifestyle change the Rock Dj singer has taken up is focusing on a healthy diet and fitness regime.
He announced last year: “Now I am vegan, I do pilates every day, I do yoga every day.” Prior to becoming a full vegan, he told in 2017 that he took up a semi-vegan regime.
Ayda touched on Robbie’s diet on a 2018 instalment of Loose Women, when she dished: “He’s doing amazing, he’s great. Last year he had some health issues and that was an awful time for us but now it’s so nice to see him back … He’s vegan-ish now.
I don’t think you can have hamburgers if you’re vegan!” Robbie’s solo career thrived after Take That but he struggled with his party lifestyle At the start of 2021, Robbie and Ayda made a giant lifestyle change by setting up permanent camp near Lake Geneva in Sweden with their brood, Teddy, Charlton, Coco and Beau.
According to The Sun, Robbie bagged himself the lavish property while playing a game of golf with businessman Nicolas Brunschwig. A source told the publication: “Robbie and his family are delighted.
They love the pace of life here. They love the open space and the lake nearby. The insider added: “The neighbourhood is used to wealthy inhabitants and their privacy is totally respected.”
Last year, Robbie spoke on why he decided to ditch Take That in the 90s during an appearance on the Table Manners podcast and took ownership of his role in the breakdown of his relationship with his bandmates.
The singer addressed what led to his departure from the group and he blamed the band’s management and its impact on his relationship with bandmate Gary.
Ayda and Robbie met in 2006 and they have built a strong marriage Robbie explained: “In short, we had a manager. I didn’t like him and he didn’t like me. The only person who was being managed in the group really was Gary.
“Gaz, very talented songwriter, very good friend of mine. We’ve made up because since I left Take That, slagged him off for years and years and years.” Robbie noted: “I was sort of jealous, I was jealous and resentful that he was the only person in the band that was being looked after.”
Robbie and Ayda share children Teddy, Charlton, Coco and Beau Robbie also explained how the similarities that Robbie had with Gary also led to issues between the pair. He added: “Me and Gary are very similar.
In the band, how we write songs, how we present ourselves, how we perform and where we want to go, we’re very much a one direction sort of person, I don’t mean in a Harry Styles way.
“We’re sort of like, blinkered where there’s no left or no right. If I was a footballer, I’d be getting that ball and heading it away or heading it into the goal by any means necessary and Gaz was the same too.”
However, that was not all that contributed as Robbie admitted that substance use also played its part.
Robbie continued: “So, all of these things plus cocaine and ecstasy and vodka, I needed too and had to leave to go and become the person I thought I could go on and become..which I did.”
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