Robbie thinks 1D are taking over the world like the Spice Girls

Robbie Williams has always been a hit with the ladies but he says he never matched One Direction star Harry Styles’ pulling power when he was a teenager.

Robbie used to be known for his wild antics as the badboy of Take That but having finally settled down with wife Ayda Field, the singer, 38, has swapped partying for pushchairs after becoming a dad to Theodora Rose.

‘I don’t think Harry needs any tips from me! He’s a magnet, like I’ve never seen before,’ says Robbie.

‘I wasn’t him when I was 18, that didn’t happen to me!’

Robbie has always shown his support to the One Direction boys and has now even compared them to the world’s biggest girl band.

‘He’s beguiling and so are One Direction, they’re quite a power together in the same way the Spice Girls were,’ reckons Robbie.

‘The Spice Girls took over the world and won, and I think the One Direction boys have got a similar chemistry.’

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Sarah Pyatt