Take That star Robbie Williams has reportedly developed a new addiction – he was of course a former drug addict and a heavy boozer – and that is apparently to trawling the internet looking to find comments about him from fans.
Of Robbie, who recently claimed that he’s still very insecure about himself and his performances, despite having had seven No.1 singles, eight No.1 studio albums and over 60million record sales as a solo artist, a source told the Star, “Robbie spends more and more time searching the internet to see what fans are saying about him.
“It’s become an unhealthy obsession.
“When his video gets released he spends his free time checking YouTube comments…
“His wife Ayda is getting fed-up with it.”
However, of his success of late, Robbie told The Sun, “I’m very, very lucky to be making any money out of this at all. But I’ve never, ever, truthfully, been on stage thinking about the money I’m making.
“I’m on stage thinking about the best for the show. There was one tour years ago, the first time I did Milton Keynes Bowl, and I was like, ‘Well, that paid for the kitchen tonight – that’s good’.
“I was trying to figure out where the thing fits in and what the motivation is. But I have never counted the pennies.”
“I feel very confident. I feel as though, maybe because I haven’t done anything of huge size since 2006, I suppose it’s just another tick in another big box. I can still do this and I can do it well.
“The crowd still behave the same way and there’s euphoria and it feels amazing. The first thing I said to Ayda when I came off stage was, ‘Christmas is going to be amazing’.
“There was apprehension at the O2, but not nerves. I didn’t allow it this time. I just feel game.
“I’m not like a lot of other people. The last tour I did was nine months and I know people do 18 months and two years and all that business.
“I don’t know how they do it, but nine months was too long for me. It feels like I’m playing a Premier League match every night, then after a while I don’t sleep so that’s the problem.
“I don’t sleep, then I worry about being absolutely physically drained and having to deliver the goods again in front of however many thousands of people
“In the past I always tried to do too much, then I would go, ‘F***, that was too much, let’s not do that again for years’.
“I don’t want to do that, I want it to be an enjoyable experience. I don’t want the touring aspects to be so traumatic.”
Here’s a clip of Robbie performing with X Factor judge and Take That band mate Gary Barlow recently…