WHEN Danielle Howting was taken to do some filming in Chichester, she thought it was to be part of a documentary about superstar singer Robbie Williams’ biggest fans.
Little did she know that the Angels hitmaker was actually at her Gosport home with her friends and family, making a film for her instead.
Even when she was taken to Number 6 Cinema at the Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth that evening to supposedly watch La La Land, and instead saw footage appear of the sometime Take That singer in her house, the penny still didn’t drop.
So when Robbie appeared in front of the big screen with her nine-year-old daughter, Grace Bingham, singing a duet of his latest single Love My Life, she was left totally stunned.
The 42-year-old said: ‘I was in such shock, I couldn’t really take it all in. It was an amazing feeling.’
Danielle says she has seen the singer about 80 times in concert, often with her friends Kerry Sterling and Tracie Hughes. She met her partner, Mike Bingham when he was security at Milton Keynes Bowl for one of his shows in 2006.
Mike had been in on the surprise and had to keep it secret for a fortnight beforehand.
She added: ‘You could say that without Robbie, I wouldn’t have met my soul-mate and had our lovely daughter. Then to see her sing on stage with Robbie Williams is just out of this world and brought a tear to my eye! It was a beautiful moment and I’ll never forget it.’
After the duet, Danielle spent some time chatting with the star, who invited her to his show at St Mary’s in Southampton this summer, and to come to this year’s Brit Awards on February 22, when Robbie is to receive the Brits Icon Award.
Robbie added: ‘It was brilliant to surprise Danielle and spend time with her friends and family. Singing with Grace and seeing Danielle’s reaction was priceless.’
Robbie’s surprise was part of Mastercard’s Priceless Surprise campaign in celebration of the Brit Awards 2017 with Mastercard. Production company Craft London carried out an extensive online search for fans of Robbie – they came across Danielle following a comment she made on a post on a fan Facebook page.