Popular singer speaks up about battle with mental health
In recent days, popular singer Robbie Williams has opened up about his ongoing struggles with mental health.
In an interview with The Sun, the former Take That star has said that he has been struggling with depression for many years – and admitted that on more than one occasion, he has thought about taking his own life.
Mr Williams told the newspaper that he felt as if he had a disease in his head “that wants to kill him.”
He added that his fame had made him “mentally ill” and left him with a tendency “to sabotage everything” when he is feeling at his worst.
The symptoms he described implied that he regularly experiences manic highs and depressing lows – the classic signs of bipolar disorder, formerly known as ‘manic depression’.
He said: “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.”
Speaking about his suicidal tendencies, he added: “The things I’ve put myself through, I’ve been close to… Its like, ‘By the grace of God go I’. It’s been so close so many times.”