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Robbie Williams: ‘I did an online test to see if I was a narcissist’

On the cusp of another album release, the 25-year solo artist sets the record straight about his ego

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Robbie Williams' single Lost is out today with the album XXV due in September. Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Robbie Williams' single Lost is out today with the album XXV due in September. Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field during Paris Fashion week last month. Photo: Pierre Suu/Getty Images

Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field during Paris Fashion week last month. Photo: Pierre Suu/Getty Images

Robbie Williams as he appears on the cover of his new album XXV

Robbie Williams as he appears on the cover of his new album XXV

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Robbie Williams' single Lost is out today with the album XXV due in September. Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Robbie Williams sits in the Paris apartment where he and his family are living for a few summer weeks, the Eiffel Tower framed in the window behind him. As he talks, children of various ages periodically slip in and out of the room, seeking assorted kinds of attention and affection. "Life is really good,” he tells me. “Life is really good.”

Anyone who has taken even cursory notice of Williams’ public journey will be aware that he has long struggled with the gap between the person he feels that he is and the person people perceive him to be, and with all that the life he has chosen requires of him.


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