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29 October 2012, 12:40
The 'Rock DJ' singer admits he is coming to terms with being an "ageing" pop star.
Robbie Williams has confessed that Harry Styles has the ability to follow in his footsteps and become a hugely successful solo artist.
The 'Angels' singer admitted that when he was younger, he looked at the likes of George Michael and plotted his career to overtake him as the leading male artist in music.
I remember being 21, seeing George Michael, who's ten years older, and thinking: 'There's a vacancy there'," he told the Metro. "So there must be a Harry Styles looking at me, going: 'He's over the hill now'."
The Take That star admitted he was coming to terms with being labeled as an "ageing" pop star and is "obsessed" with never becoming a "has-been"
"I'm obsessed... with pop music, being a pop star, being successful, not being a has-been," he added.
The 38 year-old artist also went on to reveal how touring with his old bandmates last year gave him the confidence to head back out on the road as a solo performer.
"‘A lot of things happened with the boys. The most amazing thing was that we sorted out the past," he said. Also, I had 27 minutes to myself in a stadium, where I remembered how to do it. That was the big shot in the arm."
The star recently sold out his residency at London's 02 Arena in one hour and is set to turn on the Christmas lights in London's Oxford Street next month.
His new single 'Candy' is out now, and he performed the track on this week's edition of The X Factor.