Robbie Williams And Gary Barlow 'Not Enemies'
Robbie Williams has admitted he still has a professional rivalry with his former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow, but life is much better now they are not enemies.
The star has been talking to Sky News ahead of the release of his new album Swings Both Ways next month.
The record comes out in the same week as Gary Barlow's first studio album in 14 years, Since I Saw You Last.
"I'm a competitive guy, I hope he sells a million - and I sell a million and one," Williams said.
"I'm really pleased he's going to be around and with me for the rest of our lives - it's miles better than when I was his enemy."
Williams' new album is a return to swing music - a genre he first visited in 2001 with Swing When You're Winning which remains his best selling record to date.
The 39-year-old singer told Sky News he will always come back to swing as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald were his first introduction to music.
He said he would sit at home when he was four years old and just listen to their music "over and over again".
Swing Both Ways features six new tracks.
Go Gentle, the first single to be released, was penned with his old writing partner Guy Chambers and was written about Williams' 13-month-old daughter, Teddy.
The album also features collaborations with Lily Allen, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble, Olly Murs and Rufus Wainwright.
It marks the return of Smile singer Allen after her 'retirement'.
Williams admitted there have been countless times down the years when he has considered giving it all up himself.
"I've retired in the past, but I've never told anybody," he said.
"After every tour I think I'm never doing it again, but the truth is I intend to do it for the rest of my life."
Swings Both Ways is released on November 18.