Robbie Williams has admitted he was “close to death” following a six day bender on vodka and cocaine.
The Take That star didn’t sleep for a staggering 144 hours and was fuelled by “anything I could get my hands on.” The singer has been extremely candid about his addictions, having been sober for twenty years. He has since shared his near-death experience following a relentless binge in 1996.
Robbie recalled staying away for six days with “somebody with deals to the dealers”. He admitted the time flew by and that his former Take That bandmates were aware of his intense partying during that time period.
Opening up on that time in his life, Robbie told The Sun: “I thought I could snort the most, take the most pills, drink the most and I thought that was a superpower at the time. 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.”
In his upcoming Netflix documentary, Robbie reveals he drank a bottle of vodka a day before rehearsals. He shared how he had a “mental” weekend, taking anything he could. It left the singer “spewing his guts out” with black bile ahead of the boyband’s MTV awards in Brussels. Robbie recalled being injected by a doctor and managed to do the show “like nothing had happened”.
He once ended up in hospital after falling over in a bathroom and knocking himself out. However, Robbie revealed there were several other incidents that he managed to keep out of the press. The 49-year-old singer also opened up to The Mirror about his mental health.
Robbie said: “Thank God mental health is being talked about in a different way. I read something that triggered me, somebody talking about celeb washing of mental illnesses. And celebs making mental health issues sexy. There is nothing sexy about taking a knife and slashing your own wrists that I did. We need to be careful about what we say and how we say it.”
When asked to clarify if he meant he had actually done this, he said: “I am on about me slashing my own wrists. The reason I say that is to qualify people are people, whether they are on MAFS [Married At First Sight] or Martin Scorsese’s new film. We need to be careful what we accuse people of. You think such and such is laying it on thick for attention saying they have autism. It is not OK.”
He was so depressed at his lowest point that he says in his documentary that he felt it might be “best if he just passed away”. Robbie has admitted he found making the documentary hard and that he sometimes had to skip through footage. He said: “It was like watching a crash you were involved in, but in slo-mo. It was like enduring your mental illness at a very, very slow pace, over a very, very long time. And it’s a niche thing to experience, you know. There aren’t many support groups for it.”