Pay no attention to the rumors—British singer Robbie Williams is, in fact, straight, and he can prove it. When three British publications claimed he was gay in 2005, Williams sued them and won more than £200,000 in damages. On top of that, he’s married to a woman and has a 14 month-old daughter.
Details aside, Williams still likes to tease about his orientation. In an interview with Australia’s Daily Telegraph to promote his euphemistic new album, Robbie Williams—Swings Both Ways, the singer said, “There is a history of gay people pretending to be straight. I want to balance the sides. I’m a straight person pretending to be gay. I’ve had a lot of people to imitate. It’s easy when you’re British, we’re camp by nature anyway.”
On Swings Both Ways, Williams collaborated with out singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who teases on the title track, “Face it Robbie, you’re a little bit gay.” Other artists featured on the album include Lily Allen, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson and Olly Murs. Murs got naked on stage at the London nightclub G-A-Y last month, and yet he wonders why people question his sexuality.
In the Daily Telegraph interview, Williams expressed his heterosexual admiration for fellow crooner Bublé. “He’s got a voice of this generation but he’s like a time capsule,” he said. “He’s got a voice that could have fit in anywhere over the last hundred years. It’s stellar. He’s got comedy timing, he’s a good-looking lad, he’s got tons of personality. I really, really dig him a lot.”
The rest of the interview is pretty much just Williams rattling on about the blah blah joys of parenthood. It’s nice that he’s happy and settled down, but to be honest, we miss the old Robbie Williams, the one who would sing while stripping off his clothes/skin.