Victoria Newton - February 14th: "[Robbie] suffered agonies as Take That’s reunion tour became one of the biggest pop events of 2006. Their comeback single Patience went straight in at No1 and stayed there for six weeks*. Their new album Beautiful World also went straight to No1 and has sold 1.5 million copies. By contrast, Robbie’s first single from his new album Rudebox went in at a disappointing No 4. And the album stayed at No1 for only a week. And he has been forced to accept that the Take That reunion tour has overshadowed his own record breaking Close Encounters tour."
Howard Donald of Take That (quoted in The Sun) - February 19th: "I’ve been calling him loads. I’m upset some people think it’s our success that’s made him depressed."
*actually 4 weeks.