Bored Robbie seeks 'job-job' in Germany
Pop star prank, advertising ruse or the real thing? The British former boy-band star says it's time to grow up and get a proper job - in Germany.
"I'm getting a bit bored of the pop star/rock star thing - I want to do something that involves living with you and in you in Germany," Robbie Williams, 40, told his fans and potential employers in a video clip posted on his Facebook page on Monday.
He has considered a career in soccer. Too fat, was his conclusion.
Or something to do with fashion. But...too old.
"Then I thought to myself that Germany's got amazing cars - give me a call," Williams ends with apparent sincerity.
With Williams known for his practical jokes and boyish outlook, the clip immediately sparked speculation that it was an advertising ruse cooked up with German car maker Mercedes-Benz.
The company was the first to post a reply beneath his clip: "Robbie, your contract as social media manager is waiting for you. As is your company car... " But the Stuttgart-based giant insists it is a genuine offer and not a stunt.
Behind Mercedes the offers came fast and furious from companies and individuals in Germany and also Holland.
Suggested jobs for Williams range from radio DJ, baby sitter or English teacher to naked cleaner.
One German women's magazine said they are looking for a male sex columnist. Right up Robbie's alley in his bad old days perhaps, but not as a newly matured 40-year-old father, as he also reminds fans in the clip.
And Borussia Dortmund said he could come and work for them without even strapping on a pair of boots.
"For the first time in my life I want a proper job. I am a Daddy now and it's only right that I should have one," said the former Take That singer, whose second child with wife Ayda Field was born in October.
When one commenter asked if the sudden yearning for employment was a "little mid-life crisis", his hard core fans stepped up to the plate.
"Don't stop what you were born to do and that's entertain all of your loyal fans," wrote one.
And if the search for what he calls a "job-job" fails or turns out to be a prank, one comment is still bound to strike a chord: "Trust me, the best job in the world is mum and dad."