Robbie Williams says he will return to The X Factor – after Simon Cowell pleaded with him to stay on the show this year.
Speaking at a press conference where he announced a continued involvement with one of his acts from 2018, Robbie was asked if he could go back to the ITV series in the future after he turned down the chance to stay on in 2019.
Robbie said: “We wanted it desperately to work with The X Factor but it couldnt. 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.”
Quizzed if Cowell tried to get him to stay, he added: “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.”
Former Take That singer Robbie was chatting as he revealed he is the new co-owner of LMA, a university centre for the music, performing arts and creative media. A choir from the LMA, currently based in Liverpool, were one of his groups on last year’s X Factor and came 13th in the live stages.
Despite leaving early in week two of the live stages, the choir and their teachers made a big impression on Robbie and he has stayed close to them after the show.
Under the new plans Robbie has a 20% stake in the university and they will also open a London campus for LMA. He is expected to attend the campus and speak to students to pass on advise.
Robbie said: “This is day one, 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.
“There are a few things I didnt expect when I came to the X Factor, one was how much fun I was going to have, the other one was how you fall in love with the contestants and how deeply you get a shared experience on a massive scale.
“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.
“I hope I can help motivate the next generation of pop stars, performers and creatives.”