Romance: The girl who tamed the wild man of pop
May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

"I'm too wild for marriage," Robbie Williams once said, and sadly the facts seemed to back him up.

Over ten years, affairs with some of the biggest names in showbusiness had come to nothing despite the superstar's claims that he really did want to settle down and be a husband and father.

Now he has been married for five years, has two children and friends are astonished at the change in the man who was once the biggest hell-raiser in pop.
So what happened? The short answer to that is: Ayda Field, the American actress who is now the love of his life and mother of Theodora Rose, two, and nine-month Charlton Valentine.

A close friend of the singer explains: "After years of disastrous relationships, Robbie was despairing of finding someone he really loved — and suddenly there was Ayda. He still can't believe that he's having a normal happy relationship — but he's loving every minute of it."
After four years together, Robbie, 41, and Ayda, 35, finally married in 2010 in the grounds of his Beverly Hills mansion and only recently Robbie told a friend: "Ayda gives me a lot of energy. She's like a one woman cheer-leading team. She has saved me from a life of self-destruction."
The marriage has suddenly come into the limelight over a court case involving a former employee who is claiming damages over an alleged wrongful dismissal but until now Robbie and Ayda have managed to keep their private life surprisingly private behind the high security of their homes in Los Angeles and London's West End.

Friends admit that when the couple met on a blind date they expected it to be just another of Robbie's romantic disasters. But it soon became apparent that Ayda, daughter of wealthy Turkish parents, was something special.

"She is bubbly and lively, with a wicked sense of humour and she's taken to being a wife and mother like a duck to water," one old friend says. "Nothing Robbie does fazes her. She gives as good as she gets and can keep him on the straight and narrow in a way no one else has ever been able to do. He's found his match in this one!"
Until he became serious about Ayda Robbie had been talking about giving up singing for good. He said he had money and fame but none of the things that mattered. He envied people who had settled lives and happy families.

The star from the back streets of UK pottery town Stoke-on-Trent, who has seen half-a-dozen relationships end in ruins, once said that he would give up stardom in exchange for life with a loving partner.  

But now it's the success of his marriage to Ayda which has apparently brought back his appetite for superstardom — and his place back in the charts.  

"I'm rich beyond my wildest dreams," grinned the star said to be worth £120 million and who was once dismissed by Oasis rival Noel Gallagher as "That fat dancer from Take That." Asked what he intended to do with the money, he replied: "Count it!"

It's a far cry from the distant days of 1991 when, inspired by the huge success of US boy band New Kids On The Block, UK promoter Nigel Martin-Smith formed Take That from five unknown north-of-England young singer-dancers, including Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams.

Robbie was 16, had just left school and was selling double-glazing in Stoke when he heard about the auditions. He remembers: "I sang a Jason Donovan song and danced a bit like MC Hammer and acted cheeky.

"I went home convinced I hadn't got the job. When I heard I had, I ran upstairs, threw the window open and shouted across to the pub next door: 'I'm gonna be famous.' But it wasn't quite as easy as that!"       

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