ROB­BIE’S READY TO EN­TER­TAIN

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THERE was once a time when, Rob­bie Wil­liams freely ad­mits, he wan­dered about the planet, go­ing from one ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis to the next. “You know — the ar­che­typal bull­shit pop-star stuff,” Wil­liams says. “Why is it like that, the sta­dium and all the peo­ple and the records and the houses and the cars, and why am I so sad?” But fa­ther­hood quickly put paid to all that. The for­mer Take That singer’s chil­dren, five-yearold Teddy and three-yearold Char­lie, have helped him ap­proach pop su­per­star­dom in the same way as oth­ers ap­proach their own jobs — just an­other way to feed his fam­ily. And that mis­sion will take the Bri­ton all the way south to New Zealand and Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Mt Duneed Es­tate on March 3, over the next three weeks as part of his lat­est global tour.

“The kids come and it’s like, OK, it’s about them — Daddy goes to work, Daddy’s got a great job and let’s not worry about it too much,” Wil­liams says. “Let’s just go and pro­vide for them.

“So yeah, ev­ery­thing has changed.”

The 44-year-old Wil­liams will hold 11 con­certs across the An­tipodes in the com­ing weeks, just months af­ter can­celling Rus­sian tour dates due to var­i­ous health is­sues, in­clud­ing a mys­tery ill­ness and se­vere back pain.

In part due to his health woes and in part due to his wish to stay healthy for Teddy and Char­lie, he has since con­verted to a ve­gan life­style. He also does yoga and pi­lates each

day.

The Stoke-on-Trent na­tive says he’s now back to his con­cert-nail­ing best, and was look­ing for­ward to fin­ish­ing off his tour on a high. He said he would per­form tracks from the en­tirety of his 28-year ca­reer.

“It’s just time I look af­ter my­self a bit bet­ter — I love my job, I want to be able to do it for a long time,” Wil­liams says.

“I have some­thing in me that wants to f--ev­ery­thing up and oblit­er­ate my­self, it’s in­side me and (some­thing) I’m work­ing through on a dayto-day ba­sis. I can ei­ther feed that wolf or not feed that wolf, and I’m choos­ing not to feed that wolf right now and look af­ter my­self be­cause I like life.”

Wil­liams’s held his first con­cert in Auck­land last night, and will per­form in Dunedin on Satur­day and then nine shows in Aus­tralia.

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