At the beginning of the noughties, Robbie Williams got involved with Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell. In his new Netflix documentary, the 49-year-old looks back on the relationship and explains why the couple separated.
They were members of two of the most successful bands of the nineties and briefly dated in the early noughties: Take That star Robbie Williams and Spice Girls singer Geri Halliwell. Their relationship began in 2000, when they had both already left their band and started careers as solo artists. He was happier back then than he had been in ten years. The time with Halliwell was “magical,” Williams enthuses in a new Netflix documentary, according to the British “Mirror.” The four-part series about Williams’ life and career can be seen on the streaming provider from November 8th.
Williams and Halliwell’s relationship began when he regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings because of his alcohol problems. “They say you shouldn’t get involved in a relationship in the first year. You can’t even take care of a cactus, let alone someone else,” the singer says in the documentary. But he got along very well with Halliwell and felt comfortable in her presence. “It was fun. We were just a small group experiencing a very magical moment in a magical place.”
Robbie Williams wrote his song “Eternity” for Geri Halliwell
Williams and Halliwell spent an extensive vacation in the south of France in the summer of 2000 with his then songwriter Guy Chambers and his wife Emma. Photos show the couple together on the beach or on a yacht. After the trip, Williams released his hit single “Eternity,” which he wrote for Halliwell. The singer says in the Netflix documentary that he was very happy back then.
Nevertheless, the relationship failed. The reason: “Wherever we went, the paparazzi were there before we got there. Very private, personal moments became public property. And we were just speechless how this could happen,” says Williams. One of the paparazzi then claimed that it was Geri Halliwell who spied on the couple’s whereabouts. At the time he believed that, even if it wasn’t true.
“It shows what the spotlight can do to your psyche when you can’t trust anyone anymore. It kind of ruined the memory of such an important part of my life. Such a joyful event,” Williams says.
Previous relationships, such as with All Saints singer Nicole Appleton, whom he met in 1997, did not last. Williams and Appleton were even engaged twice. But their relationship with each other was more like that of a son with his mother, Williams remembers.
It was only his current wife, Ayda Field, who he met in 2006 and married four years later, that brought stability into his life. Williams and Field have four children together and the family lives in Switzerland.
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