X FACTOR judge Robbie Williams has revealed his journey on the ITV singing competition isn’t over yet and his time on the show was just “put on pause” because of his busy schedule and variety of other commitments with wife Ayda Field this year.
Singer and former Take That band member Robbie and his wife and Loose Women panellist Ayda caused plenty of drama on last year’s edition of The X Factor.
Robbie often teased his colleague and music mogul Simon Cowell and he and Ayda had a hilariously competitive relationship on the show, both coaching different singers.
It was recently revealed Robbie and Ayda wouldn’t be returning to this year’s series, explaining how much they’d wanted to return, but in the end said they simply couldn’t fit another project in.
Yet now Robbie, 45, has teased he will come back to the ITV show again when things calm down with his other jobs.
The singer announced he is the new co-owner of LMA, a university centre for the music, performing arts and creative media.
Fans will remember Robbie was choir and contestant LMA Choir’s coach on the series last year, and he has remained in close contact with its members ever since.
Today the star took part in a press conference for his new project, where he was inevitably quizzed on the show.
On his decision to depart from the X Factor, Robbie shared: “We wanted it desperately to work with The X Factor but it couldn’t.
“It is to be continued because Simon and I are good friends, our family are friends and our kids hang out all of the time.
“It is a pause on the relationship and then it will carry on. This year I have to promo my album,” the singer explained.
Asked if Simon had tried to get him to stay on the panel, Robbie said: “Yes he [Simon] did. We wanted to do it but we couldn’t make it work. Like I said it is just a pause.
“I miss Simon, he is incredibly charismatic and incredibly charming and I have learned an awful lot from him.”
The choir left in week two of X Factor’s live shows, but the group made an important impact on the Supreme singer.
Robbie revealed he now owns 20 per cent of the university and there will be a London campus opening in due course.
“This is day one,” Robbie said. “I just know how this feels and I want more of it. I will find out more as I go along but I want to mentor, I want to be there and find out how to teach.
“I have a bit of experience in the business and if I can mine that maybe I can pass it on to the good people of the LMA.”
Talking about his experience on The X factor and what really surprised him, he said he wasn’t prepared for how much fun he’d have there.
“The other one was how you fall in love with the contestants and how deeply you get a shared experience on a massive scale,” the star added.
“As much as they wanted it to work for them, I wanted it to work for me and my wife, so we kind of supported each other through it. With all of my acts you don’t realise how deeply entrenched you become in each others lives and this is a natural progression for that.”
It is to be continued