Robbie Williams has spoken out about his battle with mental health problems, saying: “I’ve got a disease that wants to kill me and it’s in my head.”
According to The Evening Standard, The pop star, 44, revealed he had come close to death “so many times” and compared himself to George Michael, who died on Christmas Day 2016.
In an emotional interview with the Sun, he said: “Fortunately and unfortunately, left to my own devices, I’m inclined to sabotage everything.
“I’ve got a disease that wants to kill me and it’s in my head, so I have to guard against that.
“Sometimes it overwhelms me and sometimes it’s a tool I need to get on stage. Sometimes I live in bliss and it’s wonderful.
“But most of the time I’m human – having a human experience, ¬trying to deal with the trials and tribulations of what goes on between my ears.”
The former Take That star, currently in Australia on his Heavy Entertainment Show tour, went on to discuss the impact of Wham! singer Michael’s death.
He said the two shared similar “rollercoaster” lifestyles as solo singers and admitted he wished the late star was still alive.
“It was just a dreadful thing to happen and I miss him,” Williams told the Sun.
It comes two months after Williams revealed he had spent seven days in intensive care after doctors found what looked like blood on his brain.
The pop star was forced to cancel several tour dates in Russia after falling ill during a show in Zurich in September.
Williams said he was “confused and scared” to be in intensive care but knew it was the “right place”.
He was discharged after a week and spent the next two months recovering at home in Los Angeles with his wife Ayda Field and their two children.
He said of the drama: “I guess it’s taught me that I’m 43, not 23 and that I need to look after my mind and my body better.”
The singer claims to have avoided alcohol for 18 years and to now being a vegan.