Robbie Williams: biography and latest news!

    Robbie Williams © Backgrid UK
    Robbie Williams © Backgrid UK

  • Occupation : singer
  • Real name: Robert Peter Williams
  • Sign : Aquarius
  • Date of birth: Wednesday, February 13, 1974 (age: 46 years old)
  • Country : England

Robert Peter Williams was born on February 13, 1974 in Stoke-on-Trent, in central England, a working-class region suffering greatly from deindustrialization. His mother is a florist, his father, an actor, left home shortly after his birth. Robbie’s debut came when he joined the boy band “Take That” at the age of 16 on the advice of his mother. The adventure, crowned with success (several million records sold), stops at the beginning of 1995 for the young Robbie. His bad boy style no longer fitting with the rest of the band, he decides to go solo.

He releases his first single in 1996 and starts in the same time his first detoxification cure. Honest, the singer never hid his addiction to drugs. In an interview, he said, “Success has allowed me to have everything I’ve always dreamed of, including the most unexpected drugs. “His first album Life thru a Lens was released in 1997. The beginnings were rather timid and sales peaked. The release of the single Angels changed all that and put the album at the top of the British charts. At the 1999 Brit Awards, Robbie Williams was 25 years old and won 3 awards: Best Male Artist, Best Single for Angels and Best Video for Millennium. In 2005, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Brit Awards ceremony, Angels was voted best single of the last 25 years.

When his second album I’ve been expecting you was released in 1998 Robbie was a star in the UK and Europe began to take a serious interest in the phenomenon. Only the United States remains – and will remain – insensitive to the charms of the bad boy. In 2000 his third opus, Sing When You’re Winning, was released, containing the single Rock DJ. Mixing humor and provocation, the clip plays on the sex-symbol image of the singer. We see Robbie Williams doing a strip-tease more than integral since he goes as far as removing his skin and then his muscles to finish as a dancing skeleton. The video is censored in some countries. At the Brit Awards this song is named Best single of the year. But it is the whole album that is a great success. It will sell more than 6 million copies.

The following albums, Swing when you’re winning (covers of crooners from the 50s and 60s) in 2001, Escapology in 2002 and Intensive Care in 2005 confirmed his status as king of pop, but the following album, Rude Box (2006), with its more electro sound, marked a halt to his rise. The public’s reception was mixed and sales, although relatively high, did not reach the heights of previous albums. At the end of the tour Robbie starts a new detoxification cure. The artist then takes time to rest and work on new songs. At the end of 2009 he came back with the album Reality Killed The Video Star and the single Bodies which allowed him to get back on track.

2010 also marks the reunion between Robbie Williams and “Take That”, re-formed in 2005, a band with which he recorded the album Progress. Fans’ expectations are enormous and the success of the album is commensurate with this impatience. At the end of November 2012 he returns as a soloist with his album Take The Crown accompanied by the single Candy. Then he quickly followed up with his tenth album Swing Both Ways which was released at the end of 2013. If he is now less present in the European charts (and especially in France), he remains an undisputed star in Great Britain.

On the private side, Robbie Williams has been married to Turkish-American actress Ayda Field since 2010. They have one daughter, Theodora Rose, born on September 18, 2012. The family will expand on October 27, 2014 with the birth of their second child, a boy, named Charlton Valentine. On September 7, 2018, the singer announces the birth of their daughter Colette Josephine, born by surrogate mother. On February 14, 2020, the couple announced the birth of a little boy, Beau Benedict Enthoven, born by surrogate mother.