Dry your eyes, Take That fans - Robbie Williams says he will NOT be joining the band for their new album and tour.
Robbie and wife Ayda Field are expecting their second child in November, and the whole family are on the road for his 46-date Swings Both Ways tour.
According to the superstar, he simply doesn't have the time for old bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange.
“Logistically I can’t do it. I have the tour and I’m going to be a dad again. 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. [But] after the tour wraps, I’m going to go away for a year or two.”
Ayda is expecting to give birth in November. The couple are already parents to 20-month old Theodora "Teddy" Rose, and hope the next one is a boy.
“We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl but we’re going to find out. If we have a girl, it’ll be totally cool but I would quite like a little boy. With Teddy, the doctor put the sex into an envelope. We went to dinner and the plan was to open it at the end of dinner... but she forgot the envelope. I think we’re going to do the same thing — but remember the envelope this time. I don’t think we can do it any other way. Last time I said that as long as it was healthy, I didn’t mind. Then we found out we were having a girl and it was a really strange emotion. I was like, ‘What am I going to do with a girl?’”
This is the first time Robbie has had his family on tour, and he is loving it - not only are Ayda and Teddy with him, but also his dad Pete Conway and his wife, as well as the mother-in-law.
“It’s a very loving, very safe environment. Our biggest concern these days is that we don’t travel through Teddy’s nap time. We don’t get time to worry about us or the show. We’ve got it all going on backstage. Ayda is the happiest and centred and then she’s completely not for a few hours, the whole rollercoaster of emotions... ”
Bless! Never forget, Robbie!