Williams was born Robert Peter Williams in Stoke-on-Trent on 13th
At the age of three, his parents divorced and he resided with his
mother and sister.
He went to high school and was renowned for being mischievous, so
it wasn’t surprising when he didn’t pass any of his G.C.S.E’s.
With few options open to him, he got a job as a salesman but destiny
had a lot more in mind; his mother had noticed an article in the
newspaper for an audition for a boy band and considering Robbie’s
talented voice and acting abilities, she decided to get him to audition
and he stepped on the first step to stardom.
He joined Take That in 1990. For five straight years, the
success of Take That was undisputed but,
in 1995, Robbie decided that he wanted to quit - and interviews
that followed this incident never really cleared up whether Robbie
had been pushed out, or was quitting the band of his own free will.
But one thing was for sure; he had always felt that being in a band
was constricting and prevented him from being his own person; he
had stopped giving input and stopped doing as he was told (perhaps
being young was not an advantage, after all!).
The rules set out for the band were too much for someone as extroverted
as Robbie - which led to him resorting to alcohol and drugs; while
ensuing legal battles with BMG, which was his record company, to
allow him to go solo (apparently there was a clause that prevented
him from becoming a solo singer if he ever left Take That)
drained his energy.
On the 27th of June, 1996, Robbie announced that his contract with
BMG was coming to an end and that he was now signed on with Chrysalis
His first single was the cover version of ‘Freedom’ by George Michael;
it hit No. 2, narrowly beaten by the ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls.
He met Jacquie Hamilton-Smith at a New Year’s Party and soon moved
in with her and he started leading a life of parties; the previous
months had been very hard on him and after a whole year he returned
to his senses.
He followed the advice of Sir Elton John and various other artists,
and went to a rehab centre to recover from drug and alcohol addiction
(Clouds House Drink and Drugs Rehabilitation Clinic, Salisbury).
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From this point his music career has gone uphill, receiving international
fame and many No 1s. He has also taken many awards in the process.
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went to St. Margaret Ward High School in Stoke-on-Trent.
mother used to own a pub which was on the same road as Port Vale
Football Club (the second division club based in Stoke-on-Trent).
bites his nails.
He is also very absent-minded and has a tendency to lose things.
burns candles at both ends.
has only one sister - Sally.
is very optimistic and always sees the funny side of situations.
loves to talk!
likes to drink Lowenbrau (a lager).
likes to wear boots in the winter and trainers in the summers.
his many favourite artists are Oasis and U2.
uses a lot of his money to fund a charity called Give It Sum (click
here for more details about Give It Sum)
He is a footie fan; he supports Port Vale and plays football whenever
he gets the chance.
He used to work at a florist.
also worked as a double glazing salesman - though his employers
didn’t appreciate it too much as he would tell the customers how
bad the glazing was (surprise, surprise!).
was engaged to Nicole Appleton (of ex-All Saints and now Appleton)
joined Take That at the age of 16!
dad is comedian Pete Conway
Star Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6’ 0"
Hair Colour: Dark Brown