Robbie Williams reveals he is dyslexic when it comes to numbers

HE’S a man of many talents but Robbie Williams has revealed that he is dyslexic when it comes to numbers.

The singer says he can’t do simple sums and struggles to recall figures in the correct order. 

He revealed: “I’m numerically dyslexic. I can’t add or subtract.

“I always get in trouble because I don’t know my kids’ birth dates and I don’t know our anniversary and I don’t know my wife’s birthday.”

I must remember to use that excuse.

It could also be a problem when he is heading home to wife Ayda and their four children.

He continues: “I can’t even remember our house in Los Angeles.

“It has four digits for the start of the address and I can’t ever remember what those digits are.”

Rob says he is going to increase his tattoo collection by getting important dates inked on him as a reminder.

Speaking on the Three Little Words podcast, he compared his life to 2000 movie thriller Memento, about a man who loses his memory every 15 minutes.

Robbie said: “I’m going to get them all tattooed, all of those dates, so I know them and have them. ’Cause every day is like Memento to me.”

BOXING TO SHED POUNDS

The pop legend is famously open about his health issues, in the past revealing drug and alcohol addictions, as well as depression and anxiety.

In 2011 he told how he would inject himself with testosterone to combat lethargy and a general state of fatigue.

Two years ago he became an ambassador for Weight Watchers, overhauling his lifestyle for a healthier regime that included boxing to shed the pounds.

Earlier this year he said his latest addiction is playing golf online in lockdown.

This industry is a better place for having Robbie, who isn’t afraid to address the sensitive issues and help others in similar situations.

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Bling it on, Bey

IT may have been dark out but that didn’t stop Beyonce rocking a pair of shades.

The Crazy In Love singer posed in this black two-piece number for a series of Instagram snaps.

Bey’s outfit contained plenty of bling in the form of shiny silver buttons, chunky earrings, a necklace and bright rims on her sunglasses.

She finished it off with bright pink heels that stood out like a sore thumb.

Then again, if you’re Beyonce, you can get away with anything.


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THE Charlatans singer Tim Burgess will host a Twitter listening party as part of National Album Day on October 5. He will kick things off with Vienna, Ultravox’s 1980 release, and will tweet along with a stream of it.

Cheeky Niall’s wax words

IT’s not only their millions of fans annoyed about Madame Tussauds removing One Direction’s waxworks – Niall Horan also has something to say about it.

The Slow Hands singer has joked he is going to insist the central London attraction reinstates his dummy, along with the effigies of bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. He said: “I don’t live too far away from there. 

“I’m going to knock on the door until it’s back up.”

But he added: “I guess we’ve had our time there and it’s the end of an era.”

Niall, who released his second album, Heartbreak Weather, in March, will only just be able to walk to Tussauds. I told in August how he had torn ligaments in his left foot after downing six pints and tripping over a kerb.

Speaking about other drunken injuries, Niall said: “I’ve probably fallen and scratched a few knees over the years but I think that’s the first proper one. It’s been getting better, though. I’ve been doing a lot of cycling.”

He can cycle to the waxworks for his protest, then.

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UNA Healy’s ex-husband admits he wasn’t “very respectful” when he remarried on the day their divorce was confirmed. Rugby ace Ben Foden, who cheated on her, added: “I hold my hands up and say, it was wrong.”

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Boxing champ AJ’s dates with DJ Vick

THEY are both fully focused on big careers – so for Anthony Joshua and Vick Hope to go on a series of dates takes a whole lot of effort.

I can reveal they did do just that – but were too busy to make it work.

Boxing champ Anthony is preparing to fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December and Vick just began TWO presenting gigs at Radio 1.

Anthony confirmed to me he had linked up with Geordie Vick – and when asked about him, she didn’t exactly deny it. Her garbled reply was: “He did not say that . . . no, he didn’t.”

Despite things not working out with AJ, Vick says she is now freer to date having left the Capital FM Breakfast show, which she co-hosted with Roman Kemp. She is now on Sunday duties at Radio 1, presenting afternoon slot Life Hacks and The Official Chart: First Look in the evening, both with co-host Katie Thistleton.

In an exclusive chat, she said: “I did a breakfast show for three years and it does affect your body clock. You have this feeling of being a little bit jet-lagged, it’s the same for a lot of people on night shifts that I know.”

But now the early starts are history for Vick – who also hosts on TV, back-stage for ITV’s The X Factor and Crufts for Channel 4, and was a Strictly Contestant in 2018.

She added: “Yeah, I did feel different when I started getting more sleep. It has changed my schedule. And there are so many TV projects now that we’re able to do because the time is available. I’ve got some really exciting things coming up.”

Quitting Capital may be the best thing for her.

Pixie’s looking peachy

PIXIE Lott showed off a beautiful sight with this latest snap – and I’m not talking about the backdrop.

The Voice Kids presenter got on her tippy-toes while in a stripy cozzie as she posed poolside.

Pixie, who is in Greece, told her Instagram followers: “Off for a dip in this beautiful place.”

She is on holiday with fiancé Oliver Cheshire and the pair put up a loved-up display with a kiss in a social media post.

Only the week before they were in Cornwall.

After Pixie’s protégé Justine Aftante won this year’s The Voice Kids, the pop star probably felt like she had earned the two trips.

I make her right.

Brian's driving lesson

BRIAN McFadden has learned his lesson after being banned from driving for speeding.

The former Westlife singer said: “It’s not until you lose your licence you realise how important it is. Since I’ve got it back I’ve been so much more careful. Having six months without getting behind the wheel of a car was just atrocious.

“I live up north so I’ve got to drive everywhere. Nowhere is walking distance. And it’s not until the car is taken away from you that you realise how lucky you are to drive in the first place.”

Brian was caught doing 39mph in a 30mph zone in Nottingham in 2017 and was disqualified because it was his fourth speeding offence in three years. 

The singer, now performing with Keith Duffy in duo Boyzlife, told Andy Jaye’s Driven Chat show: “None of them were proper speeding on the motorway. My last one I got done for was doing 39 in a 30 zone and that was about 2am in the middle of Nottingham. I was coming home from a gig. You know when there’s no cars, no traffic, and you’re just trying to get home.”

He won’t be doing that again in a hurry.

Gaga pals just Grande

LADY Gaga has revealed she doesn’t have many female friends in showbiz.

Though one of the few is Ariana Grande. They grew close when collaborating on the song Rain On Me. Gaga said: “I love that girl. You know how hard it is to make a female friend in this business?

“In this business having a female friend is like watching a pig fly.” The Chromatica hitmaker also praised Sir Elton John.

She told US TV: “He always calls me when I’m down and that usually means I don’t pick up the phone ’cause I isolate myself. Then I’ll get a message that he’s thinking of me.”

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THE Official Singles Chart is set for a new No1 as US rapper 24KGoldn, pictured, is leading the race with Mood, featuring Iann Dior. Justin Bieber and Chance The Rapper are likely to be the week’s highest new entry with Holy.

Calum Best has launched Hawaiian take-away food outlet Poké The Bear with his pal, the Mahiki club owner Fraser Carruthers, in West London. Fraser said: “We wanted to create something with better ingredients than normal takeaways.”

Towie’s Frankie Sims is releasing her own make-up accessory range with Celebrity Brushes. She said: “To be able to work with them and design my own styles has been a dream come true. I have made sure each brush is the perfect shape for each area of the face.”

THE Crown picked up the Creative Arts Emmy Awards gong for production design at the weekend. Eddie Murphy got one for hosting US show Saturday Night Live and basketball legend Michael Jordan was a winner for starring in documentary The Last Dance.

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