Robbie Williams health: ‘Close to death’ The abnormalities found on the singer’s brain
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Robbie claimed he has come close to death “so many times” and compared his rollercoaster health woes to George Michael who sadly passed away on Christmas Day four years ago.
Robbie admitted: “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.”
It’s common knowledge that Robbie has battled with addictions in the past and spent some time in rehab to overcome them.
A few months after leaving rehab Robbie spent seven days in an intensive care after doctors found abnormalities on his brain which looked like blood.
He said: “My left arm went numb and I couldn’t stop dribbling out of the side of my mouth.
“I had a headache, and I was also having trouble breathing. I couldn’t get a full breath.
“I had blood tests done, and I had various scans including ones of my heart and my brain, and there were some abnormalities found, including something on my brain that looked like blood.
“That was obviously very scary, so the decision was taken out of my hands and I was sent straight to the intensive care unit.”
Robbie was left with no choice but to cancel his Russian tour after falling violently ill backstage in a concert in Zurich.
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The singer was flown to London for emergency tests before being told he was able to travel again but had to take it easy and recover for a period of two months.
Robbie spoke to The Sun and said of that time: “It gave me a real scare because I’ve been in some dark places before but back then I was 23, 27 or 32.
“Once you’ve been on the planet for 43 years, you realise that even if you’ve got everything that I have you’re not invincible.
“So, from now on I’m going to look after myself a lot more carefully.”
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Robbie opened up on mortality when asked about the impact on him of former Wham! singer George’s death.
Both battled their own much-publicised demons which threatened to curtail their success.
Asked if George’s death made him reassess his own life, Robbie said: “The things I’ve put myself through, I’ve been close to.. It’s like, ‘By the grace of God go I’. It’s been so close so many times.”
The singer first came to the realisation he had a problem when he was 19 years old and after getting sober in his early twenties, the star relapsed several times.
In 2007 he made the brave decision to enter rehab which was on his 33rd birthday, claiming he was “24 hours from death.”
During his time in rehab, it became clear for Robbie that drink and drugs were not his only demons he was battling as anxiety, weight and stage freight issues became apparent for him too.
“It’s been a very similar roller-coaster, yes. And I miss George Michael, I wish he was here,” he said.
These days Robbie follows a much healthier lifestyle than his previous rock ‘n roll days.
In a Twitter video he revealed: “Now I am vegan; I do Pilates every day. I do yoga every day and have a really big burger on a Sunday. I have a cheat meal.
The singer also credits his wife Ayda Field for saving his life and helping him stay clean.
“She nursed me, gave me exactly what I needed at that moment, a bit of loving.
“She saw me at my worst.”
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