Robbie Williams had a chance encounter with music legend Barbra Streisand while on vacation – but admitted neither knew who the other was!
The singers were introduced by mutual friends while vacationing in Tahiti.
But former Take That star Robbie, 48, and Barbra, 80, didn’t realize the other was famous.
Annoying! Former Take That star Robbie, 48, and showbiz legend Barbra, 80, didn’t realize the other was famous
The Let Me Entertain You star had Barbra as a ‘nice old lady’ while the Funny Girl actress thought Robbie was a footballer.
He revealed the awkward encounter on Scott Mills and Chris Stark’s final Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 5.
Robbie said to the pair: ‘And it was like ‘Hi, I’m John’ and ‘Hi, I’m Rob’ and ‘Hi, I’m Steve’ – ‘Hi Steve’, ‘Hi, I’m Barbra’ – ‘Hello Barbra, nice to meet you’.
‘Beautiful old lady. Then I sat next to Barbra. And that was Barbra Streisand. And I was like, ‘Oh, ahh’.’
Whoops ! The Let Me Entertain You star had Barbra as a ‘nice old lady’ while the Funny Girl actress thought Robbie was a footballer while on vacation in Tahiti
After realizing, he found that Barbra was still unaware of who he was.
While the group mingled, Robbie’s attendance at the annual Soccer Aid charity football game led Barbra to believe he was a footballer.
He said: “People were talking about Soccer Aid, and she just assumed I was playing football.
“And then I was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, I’m a singer.
“And she said, ‘That’s fine’.”
Despite being a music legend in his own right, Robbie’s inability to recognize Barbra is curious.
Own goal! Barbra misheard a conversation about Robbie Williams’ involvement with Soccer Aid and thought he was an athlete
The tall is a star of stage and screen as well as a world-class singer, most notably in the classic 1968 musical Funny Girl. She won five Oscars.
She won eight Grammy Awards during a distinguished career, amassing a fortune of $400 million.
While Robbie, who rose to fame in Take That in the 90s before becoming a solo artist, is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, with hits such as Angels and Let me Entertain You.
Robbie is married to his wife Ayda Field and the couple have four children together; Theodora ‘Teddy’, nine, Charlton ‘Charlie’, seven, Colette ‘Coco’, three and Beau, two.
Robbie’s schedule looks set to get much busier in the near future as his new album XXV will be released on September 9, while a biopic about his life is currently being filmed in Australia.
The biopic, titled Better Man, will cover his incredible rise to fame from boy band heartthrob to stadium superstar.
Production has started on the big-budget film – billed as “a musical fantasy” – which is being directed in Melbourne by Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey who directed the box office hit The Greatest Showman.
British actor Jonno Davies, 29, best known for the Amazon Prime series Hunters, will play Robbie as a younger man.
Other cast members include Australian actors Kate Mulvany (The Great Gatsby), Damon Herriman (Mr InBetween) and filmmaker-actor Anthony Hayes, whose feature Gold is currently streaming on Stan.
In 2006, Robbie entered the Guinness Book of World Records after selling 1.6 million concert tickets in a single day.
Iconic: Robbie rose to fame with Take That and achieved 12 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart as well as eight number one albums (pictured in 1994)