Robbie Williams accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages today over claims that he was a secret homosexual.
The singer-songwriter was not at London’s High Court for the settlement of his action against MGN Limited and Northern & Shell plc.
His counsel, Tom Shields QC, told Mr Justice Eady that, as the defendants now accepted, none of the allegations were true.
He said: “Mr Williams is not, and has never been, homosexual.”
Mr Shields said that last summer a book entitled Feel was published, which was described as Williams’ autobiography.
It was, in fact, an account of his life told, with his co-operation, by Chris Heath, who had lived alongside Williams from 2002 to 2004.
Counsel said that shortly before publication, MGN published on the front page of The People, in August 2004, a story headlined “Robbie’s secret gay lover”.
It suggested that Williams was about to deceive the public by pretending that his only sexual relations had been with women when in reality he was a homosexual who had engaged in casual and sordid homosexual encounters with strangers.