Gary Barlow will Never Forget all the trouble Robbie Williams caused
THEY didn’t see eye to eye for years, so it’s no surprise Gary Barlow labels ex-Take That star Robbie Williams a big troublemaker.
During an exclusive chat, the band’s frontman told Guilty Pleasures how the Robster, and partner-in-crime Mark Owen, constantly crossed the line during the band’s ’90s heyday.
‘We used to call them “the nippers”. The young ones. They used to escape the security and they’d be off!’ revealed Barlow, who has since kissed and made up with Williams.
Taking a trip down memory lane, Gary also quipped he was green with envy over Owen’s heart-throb status.
‘It was always Mark,’ laughed the 46-year-old singer. ‘He had the most fan mail, like piles more than anyone else. I absolutely hated him.’
Owen, 45, adds: ‘It’s only because I replied to it all. That was how I spent all my downtime, replying to 15,000 letters’.
Bet that required a lot of Patience…
And the pop icons will Never Forget partying with showbiz’s most iconic names, either.
Recalling a trip to the 1994 MTV Music Awards at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Gary mused: ‘We were there with Michael Hutchence! I turned to Prince and said, “It’s all right here, isn’t it?” And Naomi Campbell answered for him.’
One thing Take That — now a three-piece completed by Howard Donald — don’t miss is the frenzied fan reaction that used to follow their every footstep.
‘People used to come to our houses and write on walls,’ exclaims Howard, 49. ‘Rob, I think, had someone stealing plants and gnomes from his garden.’
Last week, the boys surprised theatregoers when they climbed on stage at the Manchester Opera House during a performance of new musical The Band. The show is inspired by Take That’s music and features the winners, Five to Five, from Barlow’s BBC singing contest Let It Shine.
The Band is touring the UK until July 2018. For more information, visit www.thebandmusical.com.
Author: Tom Stichbury