Robbie Williams fears his upcoming biopic may spoil his chances of reuniting with Take That as a five-piece.
The singer's acrimonious departure from the band in 1996 sparked a dramatic breakup, only for Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, and Jason Orange to enjoy huge success after returning without him a decade later.
Despite the history, in an interview with The Sunday Times, Williams shared that he hopes to reunite with the group - but a lot depends on how they view his forthcoming biopic Better Man's take on their shared past.
"How (the band) receive it will have a lot to do with what happens next," he told the publication. "If this film was my life from 2010 to 2022, it would be a love letter to Gary Barlow.
"But I speak in the film how I thought when I was 16, 17, 18. We have a very complicated relationship, me and the boys. A loving and jovial relationship, but I will always be the youngest, the runt of the litter."
Williams went on to explain that his intention with the new film, in which he plays an older version of himself, has not been to criticise his old bandmates, but to share his side of the story.
"What I don't want to do is open up old wounds, but I also don't want to restrict myself from a truth that was mine, of its time," the 48-year-old continued. "If I rewrite everybody to be lovely, then I'm the only a**ehole, and I can't be having that."
Williams briefly rejoined Take That as a full five-piece from 2010 to 2013, while Orange quit in 2014.
Better Man is due out next year.