Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Robbie loses Take That bitterness

Robbie Williams said his bitterness over his Take That days has healed

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".

Williams - who originally quit the band in 1995 - has continually criticised Smith 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.

Williams 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, Williams 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 Smith: "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."

Williams went on to huge solo success after the band split, but he acknowledges he would have gone nowhere had it not been for the band.

"I wouldn't be doing anything if it weren't for Take That. I hated it so much, and now I can put a bow on it and love it. It's amazing turning something that harmed you into something positive. I get such a buzz about it - redemption and forgiveness," he said.

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