A court yesterday awarded undisclosed libel damages and apologies from publishers who
retracted allegations they had made in newspapers and magazines that Robbie Williams is secretly gay. Robbie Williams, the court found, is definitely not gay, and he definitely doesn’t suck off strangers in nightclub toilets.
Robbie Williams (CDs) has always been a little bit coy about his
sexuality. When he was just a member of recently-reformed boyband Take That and not
Global Megastar Robbie Williams, gay audiences were mercilessly
targeted. The video for early Take That single Do What U Like was
pretty much just Robbie Williams and his Take That bandmates throwing
jelly at each other’s bare bottoms.
And even as a solo star, gay rumours have dogged Robbie. The most
explicit case came as a former manager of Robbie Williams, Kevin
Kinsella, told a TV documentary:
"I think Robbie has
the same problem as Michael Barrymore. They know they’re gay, but they
are controlled by parameters which say
you can’t come out because it will affect your career. So what happens
is that these demons inside them come out in drink and drugs.”
the Robbie Williams gay gossip can now come to an end, as Robbie Williams
has successfully sued newspapers and magazines which claimed that he
was secretly gay.
In 2004 The People newspaper ran a story headlined ‘Robbie’s
Secret Gay Lover’, which apparently claimed that Robbie Williams had
yanked a stranger into the bogs of a
Manchester club where the two men performed sex acts on each other and
where Williams asked the stranger to engage in a further sex act.
‘Robbie’s Secret Gay Lover’ also said Robbie had another gay sexual
encounter with a stranger in the streets behind the club a year later.
According to the libel case, similar allegations appeared in the pages
magazine and Hot Stars magazine.
Robbie Williams’ lawyer Tom Shields said that the articles suggested
that Robbie Williams was about to deceive his fans by claiming in his
book Feel that he’d only ever slept with women. After the libel
verdict, Shields said in a prepared statement:
"Mr. Williams is not and never has been homosexual. Accordingly, he did not attempt
to conceal his true sexuality in the book."
[story by Stuart Heritage]