Robbie Williams has admitted he blew his chances with Kylie Minogue because he couldn't help but act like a starstruck teenager around her.
The former Take That star found himself incapable of making a move on the chart-topping 80s icon because he was so in awe of her when they worked together on their duet Kids in 2000.
Robbie, 48, has confessed that he saw Kylie, 54, as his ultimate "crush" and couldn't help but find himself overcome by shyness when he was faced with her in real life after adoring her as a teen.
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Talking to BBC Radio 2 DJ Scott Mills on his show My Life Thru A Lens the Angels singer opened up about the experience and how he let himself down by not being able to flirt with Kylie.
Scott asked: “You and Kylie? What was going on there?”
Robbie replied: “Not as much as I wanted to be unfortunately.
"Messed that up by being 13 whenever I was around her. It was like the girl from the year above me. ‘I don’t know how to speak to you!’ But she’s my crush, my crush of all crushes.”
Robbie also addressed his sensational exit from Take That in 1995 amidst their world tour when he went his separate ways from bandmates at the time Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald.
He said: “I think that I was in the middle of a nervous breakdown, my first of many. It felt like I was in some sort of burning building and I needed to get out.
"That’s how it felt at the time. And then I was like, ‘OK, I’ll do this tour and then I’ll leave.’ And they actually went, ‘Actually, if you’re going to leave, can you go now’?’’
Robbie – who was just 16 when he joined the band – then embarked upon his solo career and in creating a "rivalry" with Gary Barlow in the charts.
He said: “I made sure there was. Because that’s what the 90s was about. This is what was happening in my camp – I say my camp, I mean my head. It’s like wrestling or boxing.”
He added: “Unfortunately Gary didn’t feel the same way and he didn’t get a kick from it, because he was a well-rounded grown-up.”
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