ROBBIE'S BACK on tour this month entertaining the best part of a million fans on the UK leg of his Take The Crown world tour.
His first night in Dublin was a high-energy performance, with the Take That star covering every inch of the stage in a two-hour pop masterclass.
But as he is approaching the big 4-0 He's looking in the mirror every morning and examines each new grey hair and wrinkle, ( just like me )he knows the inevitable outcome — he’s turning into his dad.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Robbie said: “There’s no getting away from it, the big 4-0 isn’t far away.
“My back is f***** and I am stretching every day to make sure I’m in shape for the tour. I’m well aware I have gone a bit ‘dad-sized’.
“There was more of a chance of me being Harry Styles when I was Harry Styles’ age. I had a similar body shape to him.
“But nobody tells you that you carry on getting thicker and thicker, depending on your DNA. I am slowly turning into my father.
“I am like a trunk of some kind, it’s definitely not lithe. That’s not the word for it. This shape doesn’t lend itself to the running-man dance, let’s say, or body-popping, any more.
“Regardless of what I eat, or how much exercise I do, nature is taking its course, and I am becoming my old man. I’m fine with that, I just hope the missus is.
Robbie's daughter 'Teddy'
was in residence at the Aviva at the Stadium in Dublin on Friday with her little ear protectors on, as mum bopped away to the hits.
He even dedicated Come Undone to his “Teddy Bear”.
Robbie goes to watch Beyonce!
He was snapped at the O2 a couple of weeks ago with Adele watching Beyonce — but it was a rare appearance out of the house.
He explained: “I went on a date night with Ayda to see Beyonce. I don’t go out. I don’t go to gigs, I don’t go to where people are, I don’t like big crowds.
“So I was made to go on date night — not that I don’t want to go and see Beyonce, she’s great, but I would have happily watched it on YouTube. I like looking at big crowds from onstage and that’s about as close as I want to get to anybody.”
It all goes back to his well-documented problems with drugs and booze in the past, but also the constant pressure to pose for pictures or being handed phones to ring relatives of the people he meets.
He said: “In 2007 I thought I had retired, it was a definite definite. In 2013 I want to carry on until the limbs give up. Fortunately, I am now in a position to enjoy it all.
“In my twenties, professionally everything went through the roof which was great.
“Physically it was an awful decade for whatever reason. I couldn’t handle whatever it was I was doing at that time.
“Now I am just so content and so happy thanks to my wife and thanks to my daughter.
“I want to go and play. I want to go and enjoy myself with people enjoying me.
“I want to play with the fans and all the people who have been dragged along to see this ‘thing’.
“I want to take them with me for the rest of my life. Maybe I’ll think the opposite, I’ve been known to.
“But right now I want to keep going and going and going.”
“I will always have that as mine — the moment when I was incredibly imperial and in unison with the heartbeat of the pop nation. They came out in force to agree with me.
“It’s a colossal thing to have achieved, no matter if people stop buying my records or stop coming to the gigs — that always will have happened. That can’t be taken away.
“That’s something I will always have in my heart, three nights, 125,000 a night. To actually witness that, to be the reason why they were there, is mind-blowing.
“That was a time in my career when I was riding that wave that I never thought was going to end.
“You can’t contemplate it coming to an end — you are Megaman. People have very short memories, so that’s why Knebworth becomes even more important to me.”
Despite appearing to be the most confident alpha male on the planet, Robbie still suffers crippling self-doubt. He said: “I always get stage fright — though maybe there won’t be this time.
“There is always a level of fright. If I can just make it manageable rather than overwhelming, that’s the best I can hope for.
“But my swagger is on full, the O2 gigs I did last year were a reminder that I can still do this.
“I spend a lot of time in my head going, ‘It’s over, you’re not very good’. Even up until being onstage at the
“I was surprised that people still really liked me. I do value myself a little bit more now, and I’m ready to go and crush it.
“Like Ronan Keating said, ‘Life is a rollercoaster, you’ve just got to ride it.’
“Seriously it is. I don’t know where life is taking me, or where it is all going, doors close and doors open.
“Things are incredibly dispensable. I am the biggest-selling male solo artist in the UK.
“Everything I’ve done and achieved in 15 years could be forgotten in an instant.
“I have witnessed things going away. I know how quickly it goes, I know how short people’s memories are.
“David Bowie is a different animal than I am. He’s artistically in the fabric of what is pop culture in this country. I am in the fabric, but not so much. I am in the inlay, he is the sleeve. I am more dispensable than him. But there is still more of the race to be run. There are still more twists and turns to come.
“Look at the whole Take That thing, the whole Gary Barlow thing. It is unimaginable that all of that should happen.
“It’s down to me where I want to take this. I pray and hope that I am afforded the same support and the media that I have had, and also from radio.
“I am nearly 40 now, ( i'm already there)so what happens then? ( Make sure you go to Graceland, that's what I did , yer baby! ) There are less than a handful of people who have their records played consistently on the radio and it is the oxygen that you need to survive.
“I am still ambitious and I still want big songs. It is going to be interesting for me either way.”
Keep going Robbie, we love ya!
2013 Take The Crown set list
Hey Wow Yeah Yeah
Let Me Entertain You
Not Like the Others
Minnie the Moocher
(Cab Calloway cover)
(with Olly Murs)
Sin Sin Sin
Be a Boy
Me and My Monkey
Hot Fudge / Rudebox
She's the One
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