Robbie Williams is an English-born musician, songwriter and actor. Undoubtedly one of the biggest music acts in the history of the British music industry. Williams rose to fame in the early 90s as a member of the English pop group ‘Take That’. He went on to establish himself as a very successful solo artist after splitting from the group in 1995. 10 out of his 11 studio albums have made it to number one in the UK so apart from the successes he has had in the music industry, we delve into his personal life and family in this article, but before that…
Robbie Williams was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004 as the ‘Greatest Artist of the 90s’. In 2006, Williams’ ‘Close Encounters’ Tour sold an unprecedented 1.6 million tickets over a 24-hour period which earned him a place in the 2007 Guinness World Book of Records. In addition to huge commercial success, Robbie Williams has also received several accolades including an unparalleled 18 BRIT Awards, 8 German ECHO Awards and 3 MTV European Music Awards. On June 11, 2018, world football governing body FIFA announced that Williams was billed to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Robbie Williams Bio, Age
Robbie Williams was born Robert Peter Williams on February 13, 1974, in Stoke City, Staffordshire, England. He has Irish ancestry from his mother’s side of the family. The young Williams had his secondary education at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy in Tunstall, Stoke City and also enrolled for dance school at the UKDDF in Tunstall.
Robbie Williams joined the pop group ‘Take That’ in 1990 at the age of 16. He was the lead vocalist in a number of the band’s hit songs including their first top 10 single “Could It Be Magic”. He achieved immense success with the group, however, Williams felt that the group did not allow him to explore his full potentials. He got involved with drug abuse and fell out with other members of the group. In July 2005, Williams eventually quit the group to pursue his own solo career.
After recording a number of singles, Robbie Williams released his debut album Life thru a Lens in September 1997. The album debuted at number 11 of the UK Albums Chart and went on to spend 40 weeks on the top 10. Williams’ second studio album I’ve Been Expecting You debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart and received a lot more commercial success on the international scene. His 3rd studio album Sing When You’re Winning was also a commercial success and was certified double platinum in its very first week.
In 2005, Robbie Williams’ 1997 hit single “Angels” was voted as the “Best Single of the Past Twenty-Five Years” at the BRIT Awards. Williams also won the ‘Best Male’ Award at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards. In 2010, he reunited with his boyhood band Take That which resulted in the release of the band’s 6th album Progress. Progress debuted at the top of the UK album chart and was the highest-selling album of 2010. Williams has since departed the group again.
Robbie Williams was born to Janet (née Farrell) and Peter Williams (a.k.a. Pete Conway). His parents owned a pub named ‘the Red Lion’ in Burslem, Stoke City. His father later worked as a licensing officer at Port Vale Football Club and as a result, the Williams have a long-term affinity with the team.
Robbie Williams is married to American-born actress Ayda Field. The duo have been together since May 2006. The couple got engaged for the first time on November 26, 2009, during a live radio show The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Australia’s 2DayFM. However, a few days after the live radio engagement, Robbie announced via his blog that it was all a joke. The couple eventually had a real engagement during the Christmas holidays.
Rob and Ayda tied the knot on August 7, 2010, in a ceremony held in the groom’s Beverly Hills home. On September 18, 2012, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Theodora “Teddy” Rose. On October 27, 2014, they welcomed their second child, a son named Charlton “Charlie” Valentine.
Is Robbie Williams Gay?
Going by his relationship history, it might be safe to say that Robbie Williams is not gay. However, there have been numerous speculations over Williams’ sexual preferences over the years. Many are of the opinion that the talented singer-songwriter could be bisexual. In November 2013, during an interview with UK’s Dailystar newspaper, Williams announced that he was “49% homosexual”. Going by the mathematical implications of that pronouncement, there is definitely a possibility that Robbie Williams may just be bisexual.
Robbie Williams has achieved immeasurable commercial success throughout his music career. His boyhood band ‘Take That’ is adjudged to be one of the most successful UK boy bands with over 9 million albums sold. After leaving the band in 1995, Williams went on to become the best-selling British solo artist in the UK with over 77 million albums sold all over the world.
Way back in October 2002, Robbie Williams signed a recording deal with EMI Records valued at £80 million, which has become the highest record deal in the United Kingdom. In 2012, the talented artist stated in an interview that he was worth £100 million. Several years down the line, Robbie Williams’ wealth has continued to increase. The talented singer-songwriter currently has a net worth of £155million.
Height And Other Body Measurements
Robbie Williams stands at an impressive height of 6 feet (183 cm). The pop star has been known to sport a very fit physique which he is never afraid to show off. However, the talented musician struggled with his weight when he quit smoking back in 2012. He has been able to maintain his weight at an average of 90 kg (198 lbs). His chest circumference is 43 inches (109 cm). His biceps and waist sizes are 16 inches (41 cm) and 32 inches (81 cm) respectively.