Gary Barlow Speaks Out About Robbie Williams: 'His Mission In Life Is To Wind Me Up'

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow might be the best of friends these days - but Gary still remembers the time when that wasn't the case.

Gary told the Mail on Sunday "Rob is really incredibly sensitive. He's changed. Big time. He's 38 now. He's a dad. He's not the Robbie I knew. He may as well have a different name and a different face because he is a totally different person.

"It meant a lot to both of us when we made up. It was always something that went wrong. I'd think of it at night sometimes. It was like this permanent stone in the shoe. But it wasn't easy when we got back together. At first the friendship was very artificial...we only started talking, started being honest, when we started writing together a few months later."

Gary admits that Robbie "still drives me mad. I'm waiting to go out and he's telling me to wait till he's finished his programme, Real Housewives Of New York...and his eyes are still glued to the TV, this time it's Real Housewives Of Orange County, and he can't look away. He's hooked. So I just go off without him."

Gary also revealed that Take That are "the most difficult act" that Universal Records have to deal with. "We put family first. Before anything. They'll ask us to tour Australia, go to Paris for a week, do dates in Europe. If it means being away from the wives and kids for too long, the answer is just no."

Gary is rumoured to be leaving his role on the X Factor at the end of this series, with Simon Cowell possibly returning as a UK judge.

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