He said: “I think somebody told him.
“‘Cheeky c***…’ I don’t know if it was ‘cheeky c***’ good or ‘cheeky c***’ bad – I’m guessing bad.
“But, you know, I’d been up for more than twenty-four hours in the fumes of rock ‘n’ roll. In the dying embers of the night.
“What seems a good idea off your rocker is not the best idea sober.”
:: Reveal, the official biography of Robbie Williams, by Chris Heath is out on September 21 (Blink Publishing), £20.