Robbie Williams has said he was torn apart when his former fiancée, singer Nicole Appleton, went public about her abortion.

Speaking in a radio interview, the singer said he had backed Appleton's decision to write about it in her book, but admits it was hard to cope with seeing it in black and white.

Appleton broke her silence about the abortion in the book 'Together', which she wrote jointly with sister Natalie.

She claimed she had been forced into the operation by management, for the sake of her career.