It seems that even globally renowned, mega-rich celebrities don't get on sometimes, even when they're next door neighbouts - who woulda thought it?
Robbie Williams won't be popping next door to borrow a cup of sugar from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page anytime soon, as the London neighbours' problems have been well documented in the past.
To cut a long story short, Williams was having building work done on his house - which he bought for £17.5 million in 2013 - and Page was not happy about the noise levels that ensued. He formally complained to the council and Williams was fined several thousand pounds for the interruption in May. He said at the time: "Jimmy has been sitting in his car outside our house, four hours at a time. He’s recording the workmen to see if they’re making too much noise. The builders came in and he was asleep in his garden waiting. It’s like a mental illness.”
Now, he has issued an apology to Page via a statement from his PR (which reads through gritted teeth, if such a thing is possible...):
“I would like to offer my sincere apologies to Jimmy Page, my neighbour, for my comments made before Christmas about him in relation to my recent building works, in which I likened alleged behaviour on his part to suffering from a mental illness," he said. "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.”
“I understand why Jimmy Page will have found my comments offensive and I apologise for any hurt that they have caused him and his family as a result. I did not intend my comments – which, so far as I am concerned, were made privately – ever to be published. I regret that the press went on to report them and I hope that the press will now remove them.”
We're guessing that this rules out any chance of a future collaboration...