Robbie Williams is said to have cancelled his performance at the Olympics Closing Ceremony as the date clashes with his wife's due date for the birth of their first child.
Williams has been rehearsing for the show but changed his mind as his wife is due to give birth around that time, reports The Mirror.
The singer was supposed to perform several of his own hits and a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Life On Mars’ but doesn’t want to risk missing the birth of his child.
A source said: “Robbie quit a few weeks ago. He had been lined up to perform solo material and it was hoped he would sing with Take That.
“However, just as rehearsals were kicking off, he said there was an unfortunate clash of dates. It meant organisers had to adjust the entire schedule, because Robbie is an extremely high-profile performer, and had been given such an important role in the finale.
“A lot of organisers are now very unhappy. It's such a huge moment for British music and they thought they had the perfect line-up.
“Obviously, Robbie has to put his family commitments first. It's just a shame he didn't realise earlier.”
A spokesman for Williams said: “He was asked to do the closing ceremony but due to the imminent birth of his baby, he couldn't take part.”
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