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Robbie Williams 'Swings Both Ways': 'I'm a Straight Person Pretending to Be Gay' - AUDIO


Robbie Williams has a new album on the way next week featuring duets with Lily Allen, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, Olly Murs, and Rufus Wainwright.

The title track, "Swings Both Ways", is sung with Wainwright and is an anthem to sexual fluidity.

Williams spoke about it with The Daily Telegraph:

"There is a history of gay people pretending to be straight," Williams says. "I want to balance the sides. I'm a straight person pretending to be gay. I've had a lot of people to imitate. It's easy when you're British, we're camp by nature anyway. My wife, who's American, when she first came to England and watched the TV with me, she'd be like 'Well, he's gay, isn't he?' No he's not, he's just British."

Robbie has never been more camp than on the title track Swings Both Ways, a duet with Canadian singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, a proudly gay man.

The lush, orchestrated track is full of salty euphemisms and ends with Rufus stating "Face it Robbie, you're a little bit gay."

"I have an itch to scratch, it has to be scratched regularly," Williams jokes.

Listen to a sampler of the album, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Dearest Robbie,

    There are tons of guys doing that.

    Points for brazenly admitting it this time though.

    The Gays

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 15, 2013 10:39:24 AM

  2. Gah - I CAN'T with him. I just love him so much. This is pretty fantastic...and his charm continues.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 15, 2013 10:42:18 AM

  3. A normal straight person would never sue for calling him gay! Just a nasty closeted homo. I lost all respect for him after that.

    Posted by: litper | Nov 15, 2013 10:43:54 AM

  4. He's got a lot of great songs and he's always nice to look at.

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 15, 2013 10:51:05 AM

  5. can't forgive him for offering to get naked at Elton's 60th and then going to rehab.

    Posted by: Cd in Dc | Nov 15, 2013 10:58:29 AM

  6. I love him, but this is groan worthy.

    Posted by: jeff | Nov 15, 2013 11:51:07 AM

  7. It's a wonderful album. Robbie can be gay acting with me any time!

    Posted by: JimmyD | Nov 15, 2013 11:52:38 AM

  8. baby, i've had all your albums since I was a teen. you're da domb

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 15, 2013 3:07:03 PM

  9. Queen sit down.

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Nov 15, 2013 3:36:39 PM

  10. Yawn - sounds like Robbie is desperate for attention. He's also confusing camp with homosexual, which is highly insulting to homosexual men.

    When an openly homosexual or bisexual man can dominate the pop music charts in the way that fake-lesbian women are allowed to, call me.

    Posted by: jimbryant | Nov 15, 2013 4:00:17 PM

  11. LOVE me some Robbie.

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 15, 2013 5:38:39 PM

  12. Robbie didnt sue because they said he was gay. Robbie sued because two newspapers and a magazine claimed that his official biography lied when it said he was straight. They said he had sex with a man in a Manchester club toilet. Robbie sued over that, because it wasnt true, and won. I dont think Robbie has ever been anything less than publicly supportive of gay people and the gay community.

    Posted by: OberonOZ | Nov 16, 2013 12:34:34 AM

  13. I guess there wasn't room for "Mairzy Doats", "Billy Don't Be A Hero" and "If I Knew You Were Coming (I'd Have Baked A Cake)

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 16, 2013 10:48:03 AM

  14. Why should we care? He's unimportant. Attention seeking cos his star has faded a little. Maybe.

    Posted by: NoRob | Nov 16, 2013 11:23:07 AM

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