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Sunday 20 April 2014

Robbie: Take That bitterness 'gone'

Robbie Williams says his bitterness over his Take That days has gone

Robbie Williams has revealed that his bitterness over his Take That days has healed to such an extent that he wants to give his old manager Nigel Martin Smith "a hug".

Robbie - who originally quit the band in 1995 - has continually criticised Nigel over the years, mocking him on stage during shows and raging over his treatment in interviews.

But the singer now feels ready to bury the hatchet and feels the time is right for them to both apologise and move on.

Robbie makes his comments in an interview with the Sunday Times Style magazine this weekend in which he discusses his new-found peace. Last year, he and the other members of Take That met up and bonded once again after more than a decade of recriminations, particularly with bandmate Gary Barlow.

It paved the way for the band to reunite for a new album, Progress, which is due to be released in November.

Discussing their rebooted relationship, Robbie told Style: "That's why it works now with me and Gaz. Two grown ups meet each other, take complete responsibility for their actions, apologise - that's magic. The whole thing completely and utterly gone. It's incredibly freeing for your psyche."

And he said he wanted to move on further by ending his long feud with Nigel: "I don't want to hold any malice towards somebody from my past because that only hurts myself. And all I want to do now is go and throw my arms around him and give him a hug. I want to hear sorry from him, I want to say I'm sorry."

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