Robbie Williams Opens Up About Health Problems That Forced Him To Cancel Tour

Robbie Williams has spoken about being rushed to intensive care, which forced him to cancel his latest tour.

Forty-three-year old Robbie updated fans via YouTube from his LA home, explaining the reasons behind the cancellation of his Heavy Entertainment Show. Watch the video below:

Credit: YouTube / Robbie Williams

"How am I is really good," he said. "I've been recovering from an illness now for the last five weeks. Unfortunately, that illness kicked in just at the end of my tour, a tour which was going so well.

"The audiences were incredible. I was okay, the band was amazing, I was a soldier and I needed to finish that tour and I needed to go to Moscow and I needed to go to S Petersburg and then I got some test results."

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams

Credit: YouTube / Robbie Williams

He went on to reveal that the test results were 'very worrying', adding: "I ended up in ICU (Intensive Care Unit), so I couldn't go.

"I haven't pulled out of a tour for bad health since 1998 so you know if I can't do it then there's something going on that I just can't do it."

The former Take That star's lifestyle in 2017 differs greatly to that of his early solo career, when he regularly battled drink, drug and mental issue. Close friend Elton John at one point had him booked into a clinic due to his drug use. "Now I am vegan, I do pilates every day, I do yoga every day and have a really big burger on a Sunday," he reflected.

Williams sent fans' worries into overdrive after cancelling the remaining dates of the European leg of his tour following a 'mystery illness', leading to the cancellation of shows in St Petersburg, Moscow and Sochi, Russia.

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams

His health problems were exacerbated by a slipped disc, and the star has been vocal about how important he finds it to be both physically and mentally healthy in order to perform to his fullest.

"I have to be as mentally fit as I can be to take on such a massive undertaking: there's one million-plus people that are coming to see me and you can't do that with a bad back, but I have," he said.

He went on to admit that his touring lifestyle is 'bad for my health'.

The tour was set to continue until 7 March 2018. As of now, the only dates still advertised as going ahead are those in Auckland (14 Feb) and Dunedin (17 Feb) in New Zealand, as well as Australian shows in Brisbane (20 Feb), Melbourne (24 & 25 Feb), Sydney (28 Feb & 1 Mar), Geelong (3 Mar), Adelaide (4 Mar) and Perth (7 Mar).

Words: Ronan O'Shea

Featured Image Credit: PA / YouTube / Robbie Williams

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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