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Rob's Fascinated By Paranormal

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 03 May 2008 07:50:00 -0400
Archived: Sat, 03 May 2008 07:50:00 -0400
Subject: Rob's Fascinated By Paranormal

Source: The Sun - London, UK


Saturday, May 3, 2008

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Rob's Fascinated By Paranormal
Gordon Smart

Robbie Williams used to love angels, but instead another flying
phenomenon is taking up his time.

The pop star has developed an obsession with aliens.

He is so fascinated that he recently jetted to a UFO convention
in Nevada to pursue his hobby.

At the US conference 34-year-old Robbie revealed he had
retreated into paranormal investigation to fill a "void" in his
life and escape the pressures of fame.

He explains: "I have spent so much time looking at pictures on
websites like Above Top Secret and reading conspiracy theories
that I want to go and meet these people.

"I want to do something other than sit in my bed watching the
news at half past ten, I want to go out and do something.

"I've been working since I was 16. I've put out ten albums in
ten years and it takes its toll. I'm just having a break."

Robbie tells of his belief that UFOs are "there all the time"
but only show themselves on Earth when they make mistakes and
their "protective shields" come off.

He travelled to the convention in Laughlin on a private plane,
accompanied by his actress girlfriend AYDA FIELD , 28, and a
record producer pal. The star, who has piled on the pounds in
recent months, was sporting a full beard plus a khaki outfit and

At the conference he was almost moved to tears by a meeting with
Ann Andrews, from Lincolnshire, who believes her son Jason is
regularly abducted by aliens.

On meeting "Rob", she doesn't realise he is Robbie Williams.

Jason, 24, was mercilessly teased as a child because of his
wacky claims, Ann explains.

But Robbie tells his mother: "He should be shown compassion even
if he was making it up, which I don't believe, by the way.

"Tell him to drop me a line if he wants. It must have been a
terrible time for you and an awful time for him. It's so sad to
hear it happens."

He goes on to say: "It's happened to me. I think joining Take
That was like leaving on a spaceship and coming back and all
your friends going, 'He's weird now'."

Ann has written a book claiming her son is an Indigo Child,
who has been put on Earth as a psychic sage. She claims he is
regularly snatched by aliens for further instruction and has
taken a number of hazy photos of him being "taken up in a

She argues the pictures never come out well because she is not a
very good photographer and only owns a disposable camera.

Robbie tells of his fears that his interest in the paranormal
may be a sign he is "going mental".

At one point he asks Ann if she ever doubts her mental health.

He says: "Do you still question your sanity with regard to this
kind of stuff, because I do =96 a lot. Do you go, 'Have I gone

At the end of their conversation Ann suggests that "Rob" looks a
lot like Robbie Williams.

He then confesses sheepishly: "I am Robbie Williams."

Robbie's mum Jan, 56, first sparked his interest in paranormal
activity when he was a child.

He reveals: "Mum was a tarot card reader. On the shelf just
outside her room there would be the books about the world's
mysteries =97 elves, demons and witchcraft.

"She'd have people round to read the tarot cards and read their
palms. She'd talk about spirits, ghosts... the other side.

"I was that scared that I never talked to her about it and just
lived in fear of this stuff."

At the conference Robbie also meets a scientist who specialises
in examining "evidence" of alien visits.

The singer insists on inspecting a flake of skin the
investigator has been given, which is allegedly from a reptilian

Robbie quips: "It could be a piece of chocolate."

Since finishing a world tour 18 months ago, Robbie has vanished
from public view.

The star spends hours holed up in his LA mansion researching
UFOs on the net and watching DVDs about alien conspiracies.

Earlier this week The Sun printed pictures showing how the
former pin-up has ballooned.

Under his multimillion pound record deal with EMI, Robbie was
expected to release a new album this autumn. That seems to be on
hold as he focuses his attention skyward.

Robbie goes on to tell how he and Ayda spend hours on his
balcony staring at the heavens. At the conference he meets Nick
Pope, who has been dubbed the UK's answer to X-Files character
Fox Mulder.

Nick once headed the Ministry of Defence unit responsible for
investigating UFO sightings in UK airspace and was in Nevada to
address the conference.

He says: "Robbie emailed me to let me know he was going to the
conference and asked if we could meet. He started his email,
'Hi, it's Robbie Williams (the singer)'. Embarrassingly, I
walked straight past Robbie because he looked so different.

"He looked like some sort of Cuban revolutionary. It was him who
spotted me. He's a nice guy with a genuine interest in the
subject. And he certainly isn't the first pop star to take an
interest in the paranormal.

"John Lennon famously claimed to have seen a UFO and David Bowie
has long been fascinated by the subject."

Robbie's visit to the Nevada conference was recorded by
broadcaster Jon Ronson =97 who specialises in winning the trust of
people with different beliefs =97 for a Radio 4 documentary.

In the programme, Robbie admits the psychics he has dabbled with
in the past have left him bitterly disappointed.

He explains: "Every time I put my foot in the water as regards
this kind of stuff, or paranormal stuff, I meet charlatans.

"You come across people that make you go, 'Oh no, you're
supposed to be the expert but you're obviously mental'. And none
of it is true. This might happen with UFOs, too =97 then I might
be able to get on with my life."

But Robbie left the convention with 15 new UFO DVDs under his
arm, so he certainly doesn't seem disillusioned quite yet.


Robbie Williams and Jon Ronson Journey To The Other Side will be
broadcast on Radio 4 at 6.30pm on Tuesday.


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