Robbie Williams has spoken about his ongoing struggle with mental health issues in a candid new interview.
The pop superstar told The Sun that he had come 'close to death many times' and described his illness as a "disease in my head” that "wants to kill me".
The 44-year-old, who is currently touring his Heavy Entertainment Show album in Australia, 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.”
Williams also drew parallels between his career and that of George Michael's, having dealt with the pressures of fame, alcohol abuse and anxiety.
"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. It’s been a very similar rollercoaster, yes. And I miss George Michael, I wish he was here.
“Was it 2016 when everybody popped off? It was just a dreadful year, all of everybody’s heroes disappear, you’re realising you’re not immortal and never more so than being 43 having two kids. It was just a dreadful thing to happen and I miss him.”
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