Robbie Williams says that he had sleepless nights in the run up to the release of his new album, Take The Crown but his craving for success kept him going.
Robbie, who scored his first solo UK No 1 in eight years last week with new single Candy, says that juggling fatherhood and marriage with the re-launch of his career kept him up nights.
“I’m more confident now that I’m No 1 but I’ve had some psoriasis-inducing worry about the album and about my place in pop culture and a few sleepless nights on the run-up to the release of this album,” he told RTÉ Ten.
“It’s important to me that this album that I love and created gets embraced by a lot of people and it worries me that it might not because being successful is a lot of fun and getting to qualify for Europe with every album is intoxicating and win and I would like that to happen again.”
Robbie, the youngest member of Take That, says that once he turns 40 he won’t consider himself a pop star. “I’m nearly 40 and you stop being a pop star and become an old man singing at 40. In pop years, if I was a horse I’d be put out to stud,” he says.
“I might have to start calling myself something else or singing something else or doing something else for a living because you’re not a pop star after 40. I’ve gone past pop star age.”
Robbie, who quit alcohol 12 years ago, says he’s clean living now. “I haven’t done anything worrying, that would worry my wife or my record company or that would worry my management or worry my central nervous system for quite a long time. I’m a real good boy. I’ve got it all under control.”
Watch RTÉ Ten’s interview with Robbie here: