Robbie Williams reveals Simon Cowell tried to talk him out of quitting X Factor: ‘We couldn’t make it work’

Robbie Williams reveals Simon Cowell tried to talk him out of quitting X Factor (Picture: Rex)

Robbie Williams recently announced that both himself and his wife Ayda Field would not be returning to the X Factor this year.

And while fans were saddened that the rock and roller would no longer be on the show, it sounds like we haven’t seen the last of him.

When chatting to at a press conference, in London, the 45-year-old explained how he misses Simon Cowell and revealed he was pressing pause on their projects together.

When asked if the music mogul tried to make him stay as a judge, the Angels hitmaker said: ‘He did and we wanted to, we just couldn’t make it work.

‘But like I said, it’s a pause in the relationship.’

Talking about his relationship with the 59-year-old, Robbie confessed there is no bad blood between them.

He told us: ‘I miss him, I really like him.

He says he misses the music mogul (Picture: REX)

‘He’s incredibly charismatic and very charming and I’ve learned an awful lot from him, and you know, it was good chemistry.’

The singer added: ‘So it will be a loss to us all for this year. But like I say, it’s just a pause button.’

But, despite walking away from the ITV singing competition, it seems Robbie has more than enough to keep him busy, as not only is he playing Hyde Parks British Summer Time Festival this year, he’s also working on a new album.

Chatting at the conference he revealed he’s been quietly making new material – and the LMA Choir, who were on of his acts on the X Factor, have been working closely with him.

LMA Choir on X Factor audition

Robbie is teaming up with LMA to open a university campus (Picture: ITV)

He beamed: ‘We’ve been in contact (with LMA) and the folks have been singing on my album.’

Robbie chuckled and told the crowd that he wasn’t there to promote his own material.

No, he was actually launching a new project with the group that will see himself and LMA open a London university campus in 2020.

The global superstar was delighted to become the co-owner of the college and university centre, which provides creative courses in musical theatre, acting, film, musical performance and TV production.

Simon Wallace who founded the project with Richard Wallace said: ‘Bringing Robbie on board is a real dream come true for us all, as we know how passionate he is about developing young talent.

‘We are now looking forward to our next chapter as we plan to expand LMA across the country and overseas.’

He added: ‘We cannot thank our team of exceptionally talented tutors and, of course, our fantastic students for making all of this possible.’

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