12/11/2013 02:51 GMT | Updated 12/11/2013 02:57 GMT

Robbie Williams: 'I Had To Pay £1.5M To Leave Take That'

Robbie Williams has revealed that he had to pay £1.5million to leave Take That, which left him £500K in debt.

The singer - who originally left the boy band at the height of their fame in 1995 - told BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes that he was told to leave before the date he'd asked to go.

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Robbie Williams

"For reasons I can't go into because certain people like suing me - and they like winning - there was a big need for me to get out of my contract and out of that record company," he explained.

"I think I made a million or something in Take That and then it cost me a million and a half to get out of the deal.

"So as a 20-year-old I ended up coming out of Take That owing £500,000."

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And when he was asked if he was sacked from the band or if he'd made the decision to leave, he said it was a combination of both.

"It was a bit of both. At the time I was drinking really heavily - and very young.

"I said to the boys, 'This will be my last tour.' We went for a curry the night before everything happened and we were taking a competition winner for a curry. It mustn't have been a very nice evening for them!

"I went back to the hotel and got drunk again, got up the next day, went into rehearsals and I wasn't in a very good way."

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Robbie with the rest of Take That back in the day

He continued: "During the afternoon, Jason Orange said, 'Bob, we need to sit you down and have a chat.'

"'So you're going to leave after this tour and what we've decided is, we think it's best you go now, so we can prove we can do this as a four-piece. What do you think?'

"That was the opening of the door. That's all I needed."

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