Robbie Williams near-death call as he admits cutting wrists during addiction
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Robbie Williams has revealed that he was close to death during the height of his drink and drug addiction and admitted he’d take “anything I could get my hands on”.
The Angels singer, who has now been clean for over 20 years, said there was a time he didn’t sleep for six days while on a bender with a drug dealer pal during the height of his fame.
The singer rose to fame back in the 1990s in Take That alongside Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald.
Five years later, he decided to step away to embark on a solo career.
During the dark time of his career, Robbie, 49, admitted: “I thought I could snort the most, take the most pills, drink the most and I thought that was a superpower at the time.
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“I didn’t know that was my fast-track to death. You feel like you’re indestructible, I didn’t feel I was going to die.
“It’s only subsequently I realise I was close,” he added to The Sun.
Robbie was no stranger to loving booze during his heyday, but admits he managed to keep the extent of his addiction mostly away from the public eye.
One incident left him vomiting “black bile” before the band’s first MTV awards which led to a doctor injecting him.
When back in London, the singer said it was then he realised he was an “alcoholic” and an “addict”.
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“I’d been close to death but had carried on regardless, abasing my better judgment, so by the time it came to the end of Take That I was doing fully-blown alcoholism and desolate times,” he added.
Of the darkest time when he wanted to end it all, he went on to say: “There were a few times when I was taken to A&E, and other celebrities passed away doing what I was doing while I was doing it.
“I did think, ‘Oh, I’m next’, and I didn’t care. It was sad. I had no resistance.
“Once, in London Bridge, after Take That and pre-solo fame, I slashed my wrists — but it was more a cry for help, I guess.”
Robbie has since turned his life around and has been clean for over 20 years.
In 2010, he married actress Ayda Field and they are now parents to four children.
If you need help and support, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or email [email protected].
Robbie Williams is on Netflix from November 8.
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