Williams' rise from 'fat dancer' to global star
Published 07/08/2010 | 05:00
ROBBIE Williams was once dismissed as the "fat dancer from Take That" by Noel Gallagher, but he became one of the biggest stars of British music.
He chalked up a string of hits as a member of Take That, but after a lost weekend with Oasis's Gallagher brothers, he quit the group and embarked on a solo career.
He started with a flourish in 1996, making it to number two with a cover of George Michael's 'Freedom'. By 1998 he had chalked up his first solo number-one single, 'Millennium.'
But he battled personal demons -- drink and drugs -- along the way and often said success had not necessarily led to happiness.
In 2009, he shared a stage with his old friends for a Children In Need concert, an event organised by singer Gary Barlow.
Last month, Take That ended years of speculation by announcing they had reunited for a new album.