Back in 2013, British boy band member Robbie Williams moved in next door to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in London’s Holland Park neighborhood, and they immediately began clashing over renovations that Williams wanted to make to the mansion he had just purchased.
The back-and-forth between them played out in the British tabloids for years, and after the singer’s overhaul of the property was approved last summer, construction commenced.
But Williams then accused Page of being driven “mentally ill” by searching for ways to stall it again, and said that the guitarist was sitting outside of his home for hours making recordings to see if the noise levels were too high and sleeping in his garden in order to spy on the construction workers.
Back in May, however, Page successfully lodged a complaint against the building company that Williams was employing for violating noise regulations with “intermittent banging” and they were fined £3,000.
On Tuesday (June 27), Williams issued a statement via his publicist offering his “sincere apologies” to Page for saying that he was spying on him and hoped that the comments he made to the press could be retracted.
Here’s his apology:
“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. 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.”
This article was originally published on Stereogum.