Last year I tried to work with Bruno Mars - didn’t hear anything back. Tried to work with (Swedish hitmaker) Max Martin - didn’t hear anything back. They literally didn’t return my calls. Then I met Harry Styles in an airport. ‘Oh, you’re writing, Harry? Great, who with?’ He goes: 'Well, I just spent a week with Bruno Mars, and I’m about to spend a week with Max Martin.’ I think Harry Styles has beguiled the whole world just by being Harry Styles. He’s got a David Beckham-style quality. So he’s won in that regard. There’s a space for him but the music has to be great.
— Robbie Williams (via Radio Times Magazine)