Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Robbie has jet on standby for baby

Singer Robbie Williams at the Dublin launch of Farrell, the brand inspired by his Irish grandfather

Pop superstar Robbie Williams has a private jet on standby as he plays a sell-out concert in case his pregnant wife goes into labour.

The Angels singer also hinted the closely-guarded name of his first child, due any day, will be an old-fashioned one.

"I don't think she's going to come today, I think it's going to be more likely next week," said Robbie. "But there's a plane on standby and if I get that phone call I've got to go."

The 38-year-old former Take That star will perform to a packed O2 Arena in Dublin in a special charity concert.

He promised fans a free show following what he said was a bad show in Croke Park in 2006 when his showpiece finale stalled amid technical faults. Instead, tickets were sold and Robbie pledged to donate all the proceeds to Unicef.

Robbie and his Los Angeles-based wife, American actress Ayda Field, have already picked a name for the child, expected to be a girl, but they will not reveal it until she is born.

"There's no mad celebrity baby name," said Robbie. "It's a very steadfast old school name."

The singer also said there was a hint of Irish in the name.

Robbie was in Dublin to launch his new clothing line in fashion store Brown Thomas ahead of the show. The range is named Farrell after his Irish grandfather Jack Farrell, who was renowned for his fashion sense.

Robbie said Jack, originally from Kilkenny, was a navvy and lived in Stoke-on-Trent. "I'm returning home every time I come to Ireland," he said.