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Lisa McLoughlin

Robbie Williams reveals he fears being cancelled: ‘It doesn’t feel comfortable’

Robbie Williams says he fears being in the ‘crosshairs’ of the media again

(Picture: Ian West / PA)

Robbie Williams has admitted he fears being cancelled ahead of the release of his biopic Better Man and Netflix docuseries later this year.

The Angels hitmaker, 48, said that, while he is excited about the upcoming projects, he’s also “nervous” about his life “being in the crosshairs again”.

Speaking on the podcast Robbie Williams Rewind, the Stoke native shared: “I’m both excited and nervous.

“I’m not nervous that it isn’t any good because what I’ve seen has blown me away.

“The thing that I’m nervous about is being in the crosshairs again because the film’s coming out and the Netflix thing’s coming out and I haven’t been truly economically viable to the lesser energies associated with the media for a long time, which has made my life enjoyable and made all of this possible.”

He added: “I need these couple of things for the wind behind my sails for the third part of my life, they’re vital.

“But if they are a success then, for however long a time, I become in the crosshairs again and it’s a very vulnerable time to be in the media right now.

“You can get cancelled for anything, and I’m not talking about sexual, I’m just talking about anything that you say, what particular day you wake up on the wrong side of history, you are a relic from the last century where we thought and felt different things.

“You are 15 seconds away from being cancelled at any moment and that doesn’t feel comfortable.”

The former Take That singer also revealed that he fears his “daftness” could be his downfall.

“Especially for somebody like me who just shoots from the hip with silliness, not shoots from the hip with opinions about how the world should be,” the music star said.

“Just jokes and laughter and daftness, so there are two ways of looking at it.

“I’m very looking forward to it coming out and being a success because success feels great but, at the same time, being in those crosshairs makes me feel vulnerable.”

Williams biopic, Better Man, will chronicle his life and being catapulted into the limelight (Fiona Hanson / AFP via Getty Images))

Previously, Williams teased that his upcoming Netflix documentary will be full of “sex, drugs, and mental illness”.

The Let Me Entertain You hitmaker explained that, while he has editorial control over the finished product, there will no limits to the topics discussed.

Meanwhile, Better Man has been billed as “a musical fantasy” based on his life, with Aussie filmmaker Michael Gracey, who directed The Greatest Showman, at the helm.

The cinematic project was first announced in December 2021 and was filmed in Melbourne last year.

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