Robbie Williams, the former Take That singer, has recently shed light on his battles with mental health and addiction in a candid interview. While promoting his new Netflix documentary, which delves into his rollercoaster career, Williams addressed the criticism some celebrities face when discussing their mental health struggles. He responded by sharing his own harrowing experience, revealing that he once resorted to self-harm as a means to escape the pressures of fame. Williams emphasized the need for understanding and cautioned against making assumptions or accusations about others' struggles.
In another interview, Williams opened up about his battle with addiction, recalling a six-day binge that brought him dangerously close to death. Despite vomiting "black bile," he continued to consume cocaine and vodka, believing himself to be invincible. Only in retrospect did he realize how close he came to losing his life. Williams, known for his openness about his mental health battles, reflected on his journey in the trailer for his upcoming Netflix docu-series, sharing the difficulties he faced, including a "nervous, mental breakdown" in front of thousands of people.
The Netflix series, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of his solo career, promises an intimate look into Williams' personal life and career. The trailer gives a glimpse of never-before-seen footage, accompanied by new interviews. Williams reveals the toll that fame took on him from a young age, leaving him feeling lost and disconnected from himself. He describes feeling like he was giving parts of himself away and the challenges of trusting others in the spotlight.
Williams has long been transparent about his ongoing battle with mental illness. At the height of his fame, he struggled with agoraphobia, leaving him housebound for three years. He sought help and entered rehab in 2007 after struggling with various addictions, including speed, acid, heroin, and cocaine. Having overcome his addictions, Williams is now focusing on his career and reveals plans to build a luxury hotel in Dubai.
The idea for the hotel came about after a frustrating encounter at a Las Vegas hotel, where he was charged an exorbitant amount for breakfast. Williams expressed his anger and resolved to build his own establishment that offered fairer pricing. His determination to create a hotel that met his standards reflects his renewed focus on success and personal growth as he moves forward from his past struggles.