Robbie Williams was born Robert Peter Williams in the city of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. His parents owned a bar called the Red Lion and his father became the official licensee at the Port Vale F.C. Social Club. Williams grew up loving football, dancing, and acting. His once played the role of the Artful Dodger in a school production of Oliver!
At 16, Williams became the youngest member of the pop group Take That. His mother encouraged him to try out for the group after seeing an ad in the local newspaper. He performed on hits with the band but constantly argued with Nigel Martin-Smith, the band's manager, about his lack of creative input. These arguments led to the beginning of Williams' long battle with drug and alcohol abuse.
Williams had to fight to become a solo artist. His contract with Take That prevented him from releasing solo material until the group dissolved. Newspapers and talk shows in the UK chronicled his journey to go solo. He was constantly photographed hanging out with other popular artists like Oasis and George Michael. He finally cut his ties with Take That in 1996 but had to pay the group $200,000 in lost commission to do so.
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