Born to be mild: Robbie Williams on how his wife, kids have changed him

The ego has landed.

Global pop superstar Robbie Williams has touched down in New Zealand just in time to celebrate his 44th birthday. 

The former Take That frontman is performing two shows as part of his world tour and held a press conference to promote it this afternoon.

He may be a international star but Williams doesn't always get what he wants. Every bit the cheeky entertainer today as he was in the 90s, with 77 million album sales under his belt, a lot has changed for the British singer. His marriage to wife Ayda Field and birth of his two children have changed his outlook on life. 

"It's all about them... where as it used to be that I'd walk around the world having an existential crisis about everything," he said. 

But last year Robbie's tour was in crisis, he was forced to cancel three shows in Russia after being admitted to intensive care with a mystery illness -  an illness he assures Kiwi fans he's over. 

"I'm really looking forward to getting into these shows. Finishing this tour with gusto because it started at a place where I didn't think I could get through it so by the grace of god, here I am."

Robbie plays two shows here, in Auckland tomorrow night and Forsyth Bar in Dunedin on Saturday.