Robbie Williams Apologizes for Insinuating Jimmy Page Is Mentally Ill
U.K. neighbors Jimmy Page and Robbie Williams still probably won’t be attending one another’s barbecues anytime soon, but the pair’s long-running public feud appears to have ended — with a profuse apology from Williams.
As previously reported, the war between Page and Williams stems from Williams’ efforts to renovate his home — a project Page argued could be “catastrophic” to his own nearby abode, which was built in the 1870s and enjoys a certain amount of protection from construction in the area under U.K. law. Page’s efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, but only after a drawn-out process involving multiple renovation plans and arguments before the local council.
Williams, at one point, grew so annoyed with Page that he accused the Led Zeppelin founder of spying on his builders in an effort to prove they were breaking the law, and insinuated he was mentally ill. Now that he’s had a few months to cool off — and essentially gotten his way — he’s offering Page an apology.
“Jimmy Page has explained to me that certain specific factual assertions which I made were in fact not true and I am happy to accept what Jimmy Page says,” reads Williams’ recent statement. “I understand why Jimmy Page will have found my comments offensive and I apologize for any hurt that they have caused him and his family as a result.”
Adding that he believed he was making those comments “privately,” Williams went on to wish they’d disappear for good, saying, “I regret that the press went on to report them and I hope that the press will now remove them.” That doesn’t seem terribly likely, but hey — if he can outmaneuver Page in front of a city council, there might not be much Williams can’t do.