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Robbie Williams 'left in agony' after live shows

Robbie Williams has told how his live shows left him in agony battling back pain and muscle spasms after performances on his Swings Both Ways tour.

The 40-year-old on-off Take That star told how he had to sit out the annual Soccer Aid charity football match he organised because of the difficulties he was having.

Robbie Williams, who is renowned for his energetic performances, had to scale back on his football due to the back pain.
Robbie Williams, who is renowned for his energetic performances, had to scale back on his football due to the back pain. Credit: PA

"The day after Belfast was spent in bed with it completely spasming - like tooth ache under my shoulder blades. Oh the joys of getting older," he told fans on his website.

His next show is at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Sunday.

Robbie Williams 'will not rejoin Take That' for tour

Robbie Williams has said he will not be taking part in a forthcoming Take That tour and album, although the singer insisted he has not quit the group.

Speaking to The Sun, Williams put the decision down to the demands of his solo career and the fact he is expecting a second child.

“Logistically I can’t do it. I have the [solo] tour and I’m going to be a dad again," he said.

Robbie Williams will not be joining Take That for their upcoming tour. Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

But he stressed he was not calling time on the band, saying:

“It doesn’t mean to say I won’t join in along the way. Whatever happens, I am absolutely going to be in Take That — I love being in Take That.”

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Robbie Williams 'delighted' to become father again

Pop star Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field are expecting their second child, the singer announced on Twitter.

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Ayda and I are delighted to announce that Theodora Rose Williams is going to be a big sister. RW xxx

The 40-year-old, who lives with his wife and 2-year-old daughter Teddy in Los Angeles, was once dismissed as the ''fat dancer from Take That'' by Oasis' Noel Gallagher, but he became one of the biggest stars of British music.

He quit the group in the mid-1990s and embarked on a solo career which included a mainstay of the karaoke club, Angels.

Mr Williams also battled personal demons - drink and drugs - along the way and often said success had not necessarily led to happiness.

The Stoke-born singer enjoyed a return to the pop charts with his album Swings Both Ways, which soared to the number one spot at the end of last year.

Robbie Williams confirms second child with Ayda Field

Pop star Robbie Williams is to become a father again. The Take That and solo singer said he and wife Ayda Field are expecting a second child, he confirmed on Twitter.

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Ayda and I are delighted to announce that Theodora Rose Williams is going to be a big sister. RW xxx

He married the actress in the grounds of his Beverly Hills mansion in August 2010. Theodora was born two years later.

Williams enjoyed a return to the pop charts with his album Swings Both Ways, which soared to the number one spot at the end of last year.

Robbie Williams celebrates claiming 1,000th No. 1

Robbie Williams has swung his way into the history books as his latest record became the 1,000th number one in the UK album charts.

Swings Both Ways beat off competition from Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 to shoot straight to the top of the charts.

The former Take That star tweeted this picture after his album became the 1,000th number one. Credit: Twitter/@robbiewilliams

Williams, who has sold 18.6 million albums in the UK, said while claiming the 1,000th number one was a "nice thing", the achievement would be "forgotten by everyone by Tuesday".

"It's a nice bit of synchronicity, and nice that it hasn't gone unnoticed, but I don't know what it means, really," the 39-year-old said.

"The story for me is that I'm number one, it's sold a load: ace. The fact it's the 1,000th number one is a nice thing but it'll be forgotten by everyone on Tuesday."

Read: Robbie Williams had hair transplant out of 'boredom'

Robbie Williams had hair transplant out of 'boredom'

Popstar Robbie Williams has admitted to having a hair transplant which he "didn't even need" because he was "bored".

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Robbie Williams has admitted to having an unnecessary hair transplant. Credit: PA

The multi-platinum singer confessed to having his hair enhanced around the front of his hairline, rather than all over.

He told the Graham Norton show: "I've lived in LA for a long time and they say, 'If you sit in a barber's shop for long enough you will get a hair cut'. Well, if you live in Los Angeles for long enough you're going to get some surgery.

"I've had a thatch done, I'll tell everyone now. I didn't even need it, that's the weirdest thing. I had like three months off and got bored so thought, I'll go in."

He added:"That's what I am saying about Los Angeles, it's weird."

Robbie on course to equal Elvis chart record

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Robbie Williams on course to equal Elvis chart record

Robbie Williams and Emma Bunton perform a duet during an exclusive gig for Heart radio at Under the Bridge in London. Credit: PA

Robbie Williams has said he feels like "the luckiest man on the planet" as he looks on course to claim another number one album - which means he would equal Elvis Presley's tally of 11 chart-toppers.

Williams, one of the world's most successful solo stars, shared his excitement - and the stage - with former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, at an intimate gig in west London.

He performed an energetic set featuring songs from his latest album, Swings Both Ways, and ended the night with a crowd-pleasing rendition of Angels, accompanied by songwriter Guy Chambers on piano.

Robbie Williams would equal Elvis with one more hit

Former Take That singer Robbie Williams could equal Elvis Presley's tally of chart-topping albums if he claims the 1,000th number one next weekend.

Robbie Williams could equal Elvis. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

Robbie faces up against acts such as JLS and Jake Bugg to achieve the milestone in the Official Album Chart, succeeding Lady Gaga who is currently in the top with Artpop. Williams is favourite to land the coveted position with Swings Both Ways which was released today.

Muppets join Robbie Williams as he launches new album

Robbie Williams poked fun at himself - and fellow celebrities - as he launched his new swing album with a one-off big band show in front of a star-studded audience.

Robbie Williams as he unveils his forthcoming album, Swings Both Ways, at the London Palladium, in central London Credit: Simon Niblett/IE Music/PA

The singer put on an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular at the London Palladium to showcase songs from Swings Both Ways, with guest performances from the likes of Lily Allen, Rufus Wainwright and Miss Piggy.

There were also celebrities in the audience, with Liam Payne from One Direction, award-winner Adele and comedian Alan Carr watching Williams perform songs from the album, his second inspired by his love of swing.

Robbie Williams favourite to replace Louis Walsh

Robbie Williams has already emerged as favourite to replace Louis Walsh when he quits X Factor after the next series. The singer currently leads the betting at Ladbrokes with odds of 6/1.

Former guest judges Rita Ora and Mel B have been given odds of 7/1, or it's an 8/1 shot that Simon Cowell or Cheryl Cole will rejoin the panel.

Robbie Williams performing during a solo concert
Robbie Williams performing during a solo concert Credit: Press Association

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