Friday 05 March 1999
Currently at the top of his career, having collected three Brit Awards last month, Robbie Williams completed his UK tour this week
A blueprint for a pop star
You couldn't make it up
From prefab into rehab
In a minute.
Out, seemingly in seconds
And back into the fray
The Growing Up In Public sketch
Not in it
Despite the rabid headlines
The boy-band albatross
And ligging with Oasis
All the rest
Comparisons with sportsmen...
He came out in the wash
As not exactly Gazza
More George Best
Adonis with a beer-gut
You know he's at the top
When women are discussing him
And "Robbie Williams Poster"
For ailing magazines
Becomes the only option
The one that really did it
The single biggest shock
Was when the critics found
That he could sing
"Pop Artist Found With Talent"
No journalistic nous
Can ever brace you for
That kind of thing
From space cadet at Glasto
Through jousting with Tom Jones
To platinum-selling songs
Penned on a bus
The odds were stacked against it
He's twenty-five years old
So is he not a pop star then?
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 4 Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda': Singer finally releases predictable video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence
Laughs go global as Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran bring international comedians to the Edinburgh Fringe
The Top Ten: Horrible buildings
JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story on Pottermore: Introducing 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbuck
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 line-up: Meet the contestants from Lauren Goodger to Kellie Maloney and Audley Harrison
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women