Robbie Williams might be entertaining people around the world in the biggest arenas but he has long been battling mental illness behind closed doors.
Speaking to The Sunday Times Magazine, the 43-year-old discussed his ongoing battle with anxiety, depression, and agoraphobia.
Williams has been singing professionally since finding fame in boy band Take That in 1990, and while the British star has loved his solo career, he believes the business is “really bad” for his health.
“This job is really bad for my health. It’s going to kill me. Unless I view it in a different way,” he told the publication.
“[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.”
Williams credits his wife Ayda Field for keeping him grounded, particularly after he previously struggled with alcohol and substance abuse.
“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,” he explained.
Williams is set to Tour Australia in March next year.