Robbie Williams almost quit music after his last three albums flopped
The `Candy` hitmaker admits he had grown tired of his career after the moderate success of `Reality Killed the Video Star`, `Rudebox` and `Intensive Care`, but felt "liberated" by the fact he was no longer concerned with success.
He said: "I feel like my navigation system was broken back then and like I wandered around aimlessly. It was liberating anyway. However, I didn`t really care about my career in 2006. I just felt incredibly lethargic and like I couldn`t live up to the requirements of being a pop star."
Asked if he wanted to quit, he said: "Quite definitely. Mentally I had already waved my career good bye."
Robbie had already decided he wanted to give up music for a career as an artist - but found his skills in that discipline were quite limited.
He said: "I had started to paint and wanted to become a serious artist. Unfortunately I`m an awful painter. And I`m not very good at making radical decisions. Otherwise I would have call it a day."