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Robbie Williams Says He Envies One Direction's Success

Who would have thought?

By Asha Ladwa on Thursday 20th September 2012 Photo by Will Alexander/WENN.com/Ian Wilson

Robbie Williams has admitted that he is jealous of boyband One Direction.

The 38-year-old former Take That member has denied reports that he dislikes the boyband, but admitted that he wishes he was able to enjoy their international success with them.

"I'm jealous of them and I wish I was doing it all with them," Williams told BBC Newsbeat. "I've met all the boys, but it was a long time ago.

"I am quoted as saying, 'Robbie Williams slammed One Direction. Robbie Williams had a go at One Direction'. I really didn't - I love the boys."

Added the new father,

"I'm looking forward to seeing where the road takes them for many years to come I hope. They do perform like they've never met each other and there's a certain charm to that too. It's brilliant."

His comments come after it was reported that One Direction had raked in £100 million between them, since shooting to fame on TV competition, The X Factor.

Meanwhile, Williams will release his new single 'Candy' in the UK on October 29, while his album Take The Crown follows on November 5.

Check out the music video for Robbie Williams' 'Candy' below...

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