Monday 23 October 2017

Robbie Williams: 'I was stoned when I gave away award to Wayne Rooney'

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams with wife Ayda Field
Wayne Rooney. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Sherna Noah

Robbie Williams has revealed that he gave away one of his Brit awards to footballer Wayne Rooney.

The singer (42) already had a haul of 17 Brits before he was recently anointed a Brits Icon.

"I've given them away," Williams told Radio Times magazine when asked about his trophies.

"Dad's got one, my mum's got a couple, Wayne Rooney's got one," he added.

Robbie Williams with wife Ayda Field
Robbie Williams with wife Ayda Field

"I was stoned and Wayne got injured in a match, and I shouted to my manager [in a slurred voice] 'Michael, will you send a Brit to Wayne Rooney. Tell him to get better from me.'

"It was like those shopping decisions you make on Amazon when you're on Ambien [a sleeping pill]. It was well-intentioned, and he sent me a pair of signed football boots. So, good deal!"

The singer has been crowned the most successful British solo act in official chart history, but admitted that he has struggled to get some big names to work with him.

He wished "good luck" to Harry Styles, after discovering that the One Direction star, who is pursuing a solo career, had not had the same difficulties.

Wayne Rooney. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Wayne Rooney. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

"Last year I tried to work with Bruno Mars - didn't hear anything back. Tried to work with [Swedish songwriter and record producer] Max Martin - didn't hear anything back. They literally didn't return my calls," he said.

"Then I met Harry Styles in an airport. 'Oh, you're writing, Harry? Great, who with?' He goes: 'Well, I just spent a week with Bruno Mars, and I'm about to spend a week with Max Martin.'"

Williams said he tried to be generous and told Styles: "'You're the new me. Good luck!'

"I think Harry Styles has beguiled the whole world just by being Harry Styles. He's got a David Beckham-style quality. So he has won in that regard," Williams told the magazine.

"There's a space for him but the music has to be great," he added.

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