Robbie sympathises with Harry's antics

Robbie Williams reckons he had a much easier time being in a boy band than Harry Styles.

One Direction hottie Harry‘s every move seems to end up in the newspapers but Robbie was able to have a wild time in private when he was starting out in the music industry two decades ago.

‘I feel a bit for Harry. At his age I was in this lilywhite boy band Take That. But I was meeting up with mates, jumping out of the tour bus,’ recalls Robbie, 38..

‘I would get off my face and have compete anonymity.

‘No one had a camera phone so I could go and enjoy myself properly. Harry is finding out it’s not so easy for him.’

Robbie is now all grown-up and a father to baby daughter Theodora Rose with wife Ayda Field.

But he sees a lot of his womanising younger self in Harry, 18 – who dated Caroline Flack and has been linked to Cara Delevingne and Pixie Geldof.

‘It’s only natural a lad in a boy band will be compared to me at some point,’ Robbie tells The Sun.

‘Everyone is a ladies’ man or a man’s man, whatever your persuasion might be. He’s just having a nice time.’

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Aimee Latimer