Robbie Williams was once asked to fill Freddie Mercury’s shoes as the Queen frontman.

Williams spoke about teaming up with the band for a 2001 re-recording of “We Are The Champions” during an interview with SiriusXM, when he confirmed he was asked to take on the role by Brian May and Roger Taylor.

He said: “Even though I’m very confident here on the microphone, I have very low self-esteem.

“And I just thought I’d save them the audacity of me even trying to step on a stage and be the same echelon as Freddie Mercury. He, to me, is angelic. He’s godlike. It was just too scary.

“I was doing stadiums myself at the time. I didn’t want to have to split it three ways, but that’s another story.”

Paul Rodgers filled in for Mercury between 2004 and 2009, with Adam Lambert joining the band in 2011.

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Williams gushed of the latter, “Adam Lambert – if he wasn’t such a lovely person, which he is – I would just be terrified of him because of his pure talent. His voice is absolutely incredible.

“And he’s an incredible performer and a lovely person to boot. I’m really pleased when I meet people that I’m just overawed by their talent – he gives me a talent hard-on – and they’re nice.

“It’s much better than meeting people that give you a talent hard-on and they’re arseholes. You’re just like, ‘Oh, I hate everything you’ve done now.'”

Queen and Adam Lambert recently performed at a huge Fire Fight Australia benefit concert. See more in the clip below.