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?
Grace Dent on TVtv
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
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artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
‘Remember the attackers are a cold-blooded, crazy minority’, says Blek le Rat
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 2 Mother of newborn Baby No 59 trapped in sewer pipe told Chinese police she 'heard crying' when she raised alarm
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 This crazy skiing video will leave you feeling queasy
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Alfred Hitchcock's unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Photographer Matt Lankes' portraits of the cast of Boyhood influenced the film's storyline
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens