Robbie Williams has openly admitted to feeling "vengeful" towards his former Take That bandmate, Gary Barlow. In his self-titled Netflix documentary, Robbie didn't hold back, expressing his dislike for Gary and sparking fears of another fallout between the two.
The pair had a well-known feud during their time in Take That, which peaked when Robbie was forced to leave the band in 1996 due to his behaviour and struggles with alcoholism. Robbie, who was just 21 at the time, was quite outspoken about his feelings towards Gary, even calling him a "clueless w****r" and criticising the group's creativity.
However, it's Robbie's recent comments that have fans worried about a potential reignition of their feud. In his documentary, he says: "I disliked Gary the most. He was the one that was supposed to have, be everything, the career… I wanted to make him pay I was vengeful by having the career that he was supposed to have."
Despite Robbie's candid confession and the risk of reigniting their old feud, insiders believe that Gary, the Rule The World singer, has moved past their previous disagreements.
Sources have shared: "Gary and Robbie really have got past it all. The feud is all over and done with and they can chat together and even meet in social situations now. That is really down to Gary because he buried the hatchet and forgave Robbie, which not many people would have."
"It used to really hurt Gary," the source spilled to new.
"He's not a fighter and he's quite a deep thinker, so it got to him. But he didn't want the aggro and was glad to put it to bed when they did. Robbie is embarrassed over the whole thing because it was a time in his life where he wasn't OK, so it's difficult. They really have moved on now. They made one of the best boy bands and it couldn't have been done without Gary or Robbie. They know that."
Gary has also opened up about their feud after letting bygones be bygones. He previously confessed that making peace with Robbie was "like an exorcism". In his memoir, referring to it as The Chat, he narrates how he invited Robbie to his Beverly Wilshire hotel to reconcile when the rest of Take That were in LA for a photoshoot in 2008.
However, it was an 'awkward' meeting and Robbie left after just 10 minutes. Despite the rocky start, Rock DJ singer Robbie later invited Gary to his home and the pair finally laid their feud to rest. "Living with that kind of feud isn't right," Gary expressed, adding: "The Chat was like an exorcism."
In 2009, Robbie Williams was ready to rejoin Take That 14 years after his bitter departure, according to The Mirror. He assured fans the feud was over, saying: "We've matured now. We'd have a laugh." In 2010, Robbie and Gary announced they were releasing a new song together called Shame and later that year it was confirmed Robbie would be rejoining the band to go on a world tour. Since 2014 Robbie has not performed with the band, but the spat is definitely over.
Robbie speaks highly of Gary these days and has said they would "always be family". Talking about the feud with his former bandmate, Robbie said: "I did things that I'm not proud of and said things I'm not proud of as a reaction to things that I hope he's not that proud of either. That being said, taking the mickey out of Gary, he didn't deserve that."
The remaining members of Take That have opened up about why they think Robbie Williams left the band back in 1995.
In their documentary, 'In Take That: 30 Years in the Making', they revealed that a lack of communication led to the split. Howard said: "To have someone close to you that you can speak to about your feelings, that's one of the things we never ever did in the 90s, hence why Robbie left.
"We never discussed what he was feeling before he left that room," and added, "We look back at that moment and think we wished we could have talked more. I wonder if it could have saved him leaving. We let him leave the fold and no one looked after him. Robbie was barely 21."
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