Williams: ‘Music is going to kill me’

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ROBBIE Williams has claimed his successful music career is going to “kill him” in a candid new interview.

The British singer opened up about his ongoing struggles with anxiety, depression and agoraphobia.

The 43-year-old musician joined boy band Take That in 1990 aged 16, and although the star has enjoyed his solo career, he thinks the business is “really bad” for his health.


media_cameraEnglish singer Robbie Williams has talked about his struggle with anxiety. Picture: AFP/APA/Herbert Pfarrhofer

The Angels hit maker told The Sunday Times magazine: “This job is really bad for my health. It’s going to kill me. Unless I view it in a different way.”

And the dark-haired heart-throb doesn’t think he would be as mentally unstable as he is if he wasn’t famous.

“[Depression] sprints through my family. I don’t know if I’d be this mentally ill without fame,” he said.

“I don’t think it would be as gross or as powerful if it hadn’t have been for fame. You get a magnifying glass in the shape of the world’s attention and your defects will obviously magnify too.”

But the singer has hailed his wife, Ayda Field, as his saving grace, and he believes she has saved him from a life of ruin, which saw him previously battle alcoholism and substance abuse.

He said: “She has the smarts to know how to not sink the ship, and I just want to sink the ship to see what it looks like.”

But their marriage isn’t just one sided, as Robbie has even had his sperm cryogenically frozen to please his partner in case she wants to expand their brood in the future, although the tattooed vocalist doesn’t want a third child at the moment.

The star has five-year-old daughter Teddy and two-year-old son Charlie with the Loose Women panellist.


media_cameraSinger Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field. Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

They got engaged at Christmas in 2009 and were married at his Los Angeles home in 2010.

In September 2012, they welcomed their first child, daughter Theodora and a son called Charlton followed in October 2014.

Robbie recently admitted how antidepressants helped him to get through a “troublesome and sad” time.

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This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

Originally published as Williams: ‘Music is going to kill me’



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