Robbie Williams “Swings Both Ways” But Is Really Just “Straight Pretending To Be Gay”

robbie-williamsPay 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.

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  • QuintoLover

    Very handsome guy but it’s no big loss for me that he’s a committed straight man. Heck, I just said on the other article about bisexuals, bisexuals are basically just a disappointment. There’s a huge chance they’ll just land on heads and settle down with the opposite sex anyway. *eye roll*

  • Cam

    Ugh, another rhoid victim.

  • litper

    Robbie is a homophobe! He sued people for calling him gay like it’s worst kind of insult!


    Something weird is going on with his body. How do you build arms and shoulders and yet have no development in the traps, neck, chest, or forearms? My guess is synthol, or that combined with implants. It doesn’t look good whichever.

  • Teleny

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard one of this guys songs.

  • jimbryant

    Robbie Williams is an idiot. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He seems confused. He’s confusing male homosexuality with camp. They are two different concepts.

  • dougmc92

    a wife a child doesn’t mean someone is str8…’d think a site called Queerty would know that! Not saying he’s gay- just- that’s no reason to suppose he’s str8

  • Matt

    @jimbryant: Male homosexuality has always been considered camp because that’s what people are most likely to pick up on (Liberace, Elton John, Jack on “Will & Grace”) They may not realize the average Joe next door, their masculine co-worker, or the guy picking up their garbage may be gay. Robbie went a little overboard on the tats.

  • Dixie Rect

    Isn’t his career kinda over?

  • mz.sam

    Robbie had to team up with international famed artist Kylie Minogue for a duet. And she mildly cracked the US pop market charts.

  • LadyL

    I don’t know what to make of Mr. Williams and his protests of straightness, but his comments about Michael Buble sent me right over to YouTube for yet another look at Buble’s “Feelin’ Good” video. Superb rendition.

  • Wooly

    I’m willing to bet he’s had a same sex experience at some point. \Some men are just so petrified about their sexuality.

  • AnitaMann

    Good looking, dumb as a post, arrogant as hell, not worth a second thought.

  • hotshot70

    he gets defensive about being called gay? Methinks he doth protest too much! I don;t care if he is or not. He’s a bit of a douche.

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  • rbettenc

    Pretending to be gay. We really have come a long way.

  • AuntieChrist

    Robbie who? Ugh. That thing is making babies! I hope the wife is pretty.

  • tdx3fan

    He is most definitely in love with a man… HIMSELF! Ewww, got to hate a narcissistic prick.

  • yaletownman

    @Teleny: He’s one of the biggest selling recording artists in the world and one of the richest. Get a passport and get out of the trailer park sometimes. There’s a big, wonderful world outside of “Amurca”

  • Sukhrajah

    @yaletownman: First – it’s ‘Murica! Get it right. To add, Robbie may be ‘one of the biggest selling recording artists in the world’ – and yet you hit it on the head. No one in the U.S. either knows of or cares about him. So, he could be the Queen of China, and he would likely hold more importance in that regard that in his current. He has played along the Gay Community for decades, and now comes up with (well, to be honest, it always has been…) self-indulgent crap. He should shut up and go home, retire and finally come out. Even then, as the Queen of China – I won’t care. Best of luck, and I restate – [b]WHO?[/b]

    BTW, guess where/when this comment came from/about. Looks like someone has a record to sell.

  • oilburner

    @Sukhrajah: WORD

  • Rockery

    Ewww. Why does he look like that?

    I know who he is, but I only vaguely know that one song “want you back” I don’t even think he sang in that song, It’s old anyway

    I did not know he did anything else

  • Thad1527

    He’s still alive? We haven’t heard from him in the USA since “Millennium.”

  • jar

    @Thad1527: Yeah, and oddly enough, he lives in LA, unless he recently moved back to the UK.

  • BlogShag

    Steroids anyone? Sheeesh! He looks awful

  • queertyreader

    @litper: I agree. It is disgusting that he sued the press for calling him gay. First of all he played with the “maybe I’m gay”-image for years himself and secondly, this is not an insult or anything to be ashamed for. DISGUSTING! He should apologize to gay people around the world and donate the money!

  • InscrutableTed

    Robbie’s a confusing one. He acts ambiguously gay for the cameras, while telling everyone in his life that he’s actually straight. (And he’s indeed slept with a boatload of women.) That said, there’s evidence that he actually *is* interested in guys, though he doesn’t like to admit it.

    Basically, he’s a bi guy pretending to be a straight guy pretending to be a gay guy.

  • hayleymills

    He’s hot and talented, always has been since Take That.
    Now he’s added more tats and muscles and looks even hotter.
    Jealous queens. You’re disgusting. I Love Robbie!

  • BlogShag

    @hayleymills: No, he honestly looks gross to us. I’ll take a naturally built man over that artificial nonsense any day, thank you .We have better taste than you. Touche-

  • SteveDenver

    Williams is fun-loving and knowingly unfiltered. Good for him.
    When he did his remake of “I Wanna Be Like You” from Jungle Book with Olly Murs on the Graham Norton show, it was funny that in all their aping around, Williams puts a couple of fingers under Murs’ crotch as if to tickle Olly’s teabag. It was hilarious and Murs played the rest of the song as if waiting for an encore.

    I don’t really know Williams’ music, but I think he’s having more fun now than ever.

  • tommy ousslander

    I really like the new album except for rufus using faggot for a lyric. Otherwise can’t get enough of robbie

  • richard

    another Cody Cummings wannabee. GAG!

  • richard

    @Cam: Hemor-roid

  • richard

    ‘ANNIE get Your Guns !”

  • yaletownman

    @Sukhrajah- Thanks for the correction and a special thank you for reminding me how fortunate I am that my life experience has kept me so ignorant about such things. Being that there doesn’t seem to be a university program in these dialects and cultural idioms it’s good to know I have an expert to turn to!

  • packymc

    @litper: Actually he sued because they said he was something he’s not. That doesn’t make you a homophobe. It make you a smart person to set a precedence, that if you call me something I am not I will come after you, it’s called slander.

  • NJjoe

    I don’t care if he’s str8, he is still one hot man. I haven’t heard his new music and I don’t need to. Just keep posting shirtless photos of Robbie and I am one happy man.

  • Gman23

    He’s not cute at all, hope he is straight and on the other team. We don’t need any ugly people on our team.

  • da90027

    bad random tats thick body without any lean muscle or definition face looks a bit worn and ten years older than his age, what is attractive about this guy. He sounds like a jerk too.

  • Juanjo

    Williams is a performer with a great voice and personality. He has done well for himself and he has managed to work in a lot of different markets and sell a lot of recordings. The fact that he sued someone for libel is no an issue and does not make him a homophobe at all. First of all Great Britain has tighter libel laws than the USA. Second of all if someone were printing stories about me out engaged in certain actions I was not engaged in I would take legal action myself.

    That said Williams is in his early forties, has suffered form manic-depressive disease, alcoholism, drug addiction and for a long time was a chain smoker. He has been sober now for 8 years and that said this may explain why some people think he looks older than he really is. Actually I think he looks quite good considering all he been through.

    All said he had sold over 75 million records worldwide and is one of the most popular performers in Europe and Latin America as well as performing in the US, NZ and Australia. So not exactly a has been yet. In addition he has founded and financed a charity for kids with terminal illness in the UK and also is active in charities like Unicief and one he set up in his home town to help disadvantaged people there.

    What have all y’all done with your lives?

  • alphacentauri

    @QuintoLover: You’re a hypocritical biphobe which is just as bad as someone that’s homophobic.

  • ryantbo

    Robbie spent years gay-baiting his audiences hoping to attract gay listeners. He was always hinting that he was gay – even in his music. This gay man gets tired of artists pandering to gay audiences hoping to attract our wallets. We are more then a demographic for them to cash in on. Making them think they may be one of us and therefor gain our support. I was and still am a fan of Robbie’s but smart enough to see thru his decades long marketing ploy

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