Robbie Williams cries after his driver runs over teenage paparazzo

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British singer Robbie Williams was in tears last night after his driver accidentally ran over an 18-year-old paparazzo. The young man, known only as Steven, was pulled under the wheels of the car before he was rescued by security guards. Amazingly, the kid walked away with only minor injuries. But Williams was very shaken and upset, and emerged from the car with tears streaming down his face.

If you thought Robbie Williams’ somewhat shambolic X Factor performance was controversial, wait until you see his exit – we’ve got an exclusive video of the moment his chauffeur-driven car hit a photographer.

Robbie waved at paparazzi who were waiting outside The X Factor studios to catch a glimpse of him, but one young photographer got a bit too close, and ended up being struck by the car as it pulled away with Robbie inside. Luckily, the 18 year old, known only as Steven, only received minor injuries.

After the initial chaos had died down, Robbie himself got out of the car and appeared to be crying.


At first I thought his reaction was a bit extreme, but then I realized, in the moment, you don’t know that it’s only resulted in minor injuries. A kid just got pulled under your car; that’s upsetting. 3am mentions that Robbie’s “X Factor” performance was “somewhat shambolic,” but I read ten articles about it, none of which painted it in the same light. They did all make it sound like Robbie was rather emotional throughout his song, since it was his first UK performance in three years.

Fans of Britain’s two biggest reality shows were in for a real treat this weekend with notable musical comebacks from not one but two high profile stars. Causing great excitement among both the contestants and the audience on the X Factor was Robbie Williams, who stepped back into the spotlight to perform his new single Bodies. And judging by the former Take That star’s enthusiasm and energy on stage it was as much a chance to reconnect with his fans as it was to promote his new song.

The charismatic 35-year-old pop star, who at times appeared overwhelmed by the warm response, was certainly on form. He shook hands and welcomed members of the crowd during his live rendition, at one point shouting out “It’s good to be back.” And after giving his first performance in the UK since 2006, the Angels singer went out of his way to thank everyone for the opportunity.

[From Hello Magazine]

Robbie also mentored the contestants this past week – a full quarter of whom named him as their musical idol. It sounds like Robbie was already in a pretty emotional place for most of the night – so the crying doesn’t seem that extreme everything considered. That young paparazzo is very lucky – not too many people wind up under a car and walk away with only minor injuries. He was taken to the hospital merely as a precaution. You can see a video of the incident here – it’s a little upsetting to watch but not too graphic.

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  1. Annie says:

    I’d be crying too! Shit I’d be bawling if I thought I may have just been responsible for someone getting seriously hurt or worse!

  2. MARKY MARK says:

    A friend of mine hit someone who was playing football in the streets. My friend wasn’t at fault, but I remember him wailing like a baby. Most people with a conscience probably would do the same. Robbie may have felt responsible..

  3. Beth says:

    I would cry to if I thought I seriously injured/killed somebody.

  4. hatsumomo says:

    When will these twats ever learn common sense to move out of the way of a slowly backing vehicle? You are not going to get a money shot and no shit you’re going to get hit. He should be damn glad he could get up after the incident. And to top if off, the kid will probably sue….sigh.

  5. Mari says:

    I’m sure he was already a big ball of emotion, then to have this happen…gah. I’d say this would be a pretty normal reaction. Glad the bloke is ok!

  6. Haystacks says:

    My mother accidentally slowley pressed someone with her car, and he passed out since he was pressed against his as well. He had no lasting injuries, but my normally confined mom was bawling. I think accidents are traumatic for everyone involved.

  7. moo says:

    Maybe the kid will rethink his horrible choice of a career! Loooozzzzerrrrr!!

  8. Cojo says:

    Are we supposed to mock Robbie for crying? I think it’s great that he’s unselfish enough to have genuine dismay at being remotely involved in someone being hurt. I can’t picture Madonna crying over the men killed when her stage collapsed earlier this year. At least Robbie is still human underneath all his fame.

  9. Victoria says:

    I agree I would have been upset too but will these photographers give someone or a CAR some freakin room?! I cant believe how close they get to HEAVY MOVING vehicles!

  10. lanette says:

    once backing out of a parking spot of a supermarket I bumped someone on a bike—and I was scared to death, I cried and the guy basically rode away; all he said was i am ok but i cried for a while ’cause one minute I saw him and the next 2nd i didn’t! i just barley tapped him but I was so sorry……

  11. Goddess711 says:

    Frig he’s such a hot bad-boy. I love that vid of him and Nicole Kidman singing “stupid”.

  12. CW says:

    I would completely fall apart if I ran over someone.

    Geez, the kid could have been killed.

    Those paps need to b e more responsible and concerned for safety.

  13. lynda says:

    I didnt like Robbie Williams very much,
    although i loved his song Angels, but when i saw him on XFactor i thought, he
    seems like a genuine guy, i always thought Robbie thought too much about
    himself to care for anyone else, how wrong i was, please dont knock him for
    showing dismay and crying, after his car
    hit someone over, it wasnt his fault, but it showed like the rest of us hes only human aftr all, and Robbie i now think your just great

  14. Lisa says:

    I love Robbie and all but I don’t understand why the fact that he cried makes the headline. It should be about the accident and not about Robbie’s perfectly human and normal and understandable response to it. I’m also confused as to why people are saying they didn’t like Robbie until this.

  15. Libby Tiller says:

    Oh poor Robbie!!! I don’t blame him, I’d be a total mess!! The paps should make sure they get out of the way of the cars, theres more to life than a good photo!

  16. DoMaJoReMc says:

    Will those A-hole Paps EVER learn to take responsibility for their own actions? I think it is HIGH time to pass some sort of legislature to keep these Pap Idiots a certain distance from their (dare I say) targets.

  17. Ling says:

    “I can’t picture Madonna crying over the men killed when her stage collapsed earlier this year. At least Robbie is still human underneath all his fame.”

    That’s… a pretty strong statement. Madonna cancelled her tour dates there, didn’t she? She had no obligation to do so. Just because you can’t “picture” someone feeling a certain way, you would automatically assume they didn’t, and then judge them based on the imaginary emotion you assigned to them? In cases like these, I’m a firm believer in the benefit of the doubt. You should probably try it.

    Normally I wouldn’t bother reubutting, but I really think you ought to think about what you said.

  18. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Did he back up and finish the job or drive off? If you’re too dumb to get out of the way of a 3500 pounds of steel, you deserve to get run over.

  19. londoner says:

    I quite like Robbie Williams, but his X Factor performance was as dry as butterless bread. I thought he looked really old too. Anyway the song was ok and will probably be a massive hit in a few weeks.

  20. jordyhammonds says:

    Listen to the great new single “THE BALLAD OF ROBBIE WILLIAMS” on youtube.

  21. Boris says:

    Well, I’m sure those who have had the “pleasure” of meeting the pap that got ran over, are crying for the lack of seriousness of the injuries, this pap in particular, is probably the most arrogant prick I ever had to deal with, anywhere else in the world and he would have no teeth of his own left. Good job driver, but next time try to drive something a bit heavier.