Robbie Williams is preparing to start a family.

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The Angels singer, who recently reunited with girlfriend Ayda Field following a brief split, is hoping to cement their relationship by having a baby.

The 29-year-old actress has even giving up drinking in preparation.

A source close to Robbie, 34, told the Daily Star: “Robbie and Ayda are really back on track now and one of the things that helped them bond was playing with his friend Jonathan Wilkes’ son.

“It’s no secret that he helped get the pair back together and he’s been spending a lot of time with them at Robbie’s Hollywood home.

“But the balm that really eased tensions was Mickey, Jonathan’s son and Robbie’s godchild. Spending time with him made Robbie realise what he really wants.”

The couple, who live in Los Angeles, are now considering a trip to England to visit northern town Stoke-on-Trent, the place where Robbie grew up.

The source added: “There’s talk of him making an appearance at next month’s MTV Europe Music Awards, which are in Liverpool, but as a presenter, rather than a performer.

“Ayda asked what would be good to wear in the North West and said Robbie was going to show her Stoke.”

However, despite their family plans, Robbie has ruled out marrying Ayda. The insider said: “Robbie and Ayda are keen on starting a family but he will never have a showbiz wedding. He would hate it.

“Family is foremost to him – he’ll be a great dad.”