Robbie Williams And Tyson Fury Discuss Their Lowest Moments
In this exclusive video shared with LADbible, singer Robbie Williams down with boxer Tyson Fury to discuss their personal experiences with mental health problems, each sharing their lowest moments with one another.
Williams, who forged a successful solo career after leaving pop group Take That in 1995, told Fury about his struggles with depression, agoraphobia and social anxiety.
But one of his worst times came at a surprising point in his life, when things seemingly weren't as bad as they had been.
In a new LADbible video, 46-year-old Williams explained: "[It was] probably one of the least hurtful or self-harming episodes of my drinking career, but it was just the one that did it.
"I was thinking, 'You know what? I've had a good run, I'll just drink myself to death'.
"The next day I woke up and I just thought, 'What the f*** am I doing? This is absolutely mental. I should live."
Fury, 32, revealed he had also thought about ending his life, but was thankfully led to a better place after thinking about his family.
The two-time heavyweight world champion told his companion: "I was thinking about it for a week - these suicidal thoughts, sort of how I'd kill myself, planned it all out.
"I got in my car, and I was heading down the motorway towards this bridge that I know of - because I'd thought about it before and thought, 'Yeah, this would be the day' and then thought 'No'.
"But this day was definitely the day for me, and I was going at a very high speed towards this bridge. And before I got to hit the bridge, I heard a voice - just like the voices that I'd heard in the past telling me all divvy things, but this voice was a nice voice.
"It told me not to do it, because 'you're gonna leave your kids and your family in a right state'.
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"And I immediately pulled over after passing the bridge and I thought to myself, 'Whatever have you just nearly done?"
Williams asked if there were any 'mechanisms' Fury had put in place to help drive change, with the sportsman saying he'd realised he needed to revert to what made him happy at the beginning of his career.
Fury suffered a 'massive anxiety attack' in 2017, citing his alcohol and drug-fuelled lifestyle as a huge factor. Having partied heavily at the time rather than focusing on his fitness, his weight had crept up to 28st - which proved to be something of a turning point.
"It was keeping fit and being in shape, and training on a daily basis," he said of his return to a more positive headspace.
Fury said when he retires from boxing and has had enough of 'business stress' and being away from his family, he hopes to help others get into the sport.
"I want to manage young fighters, and I want to give them an opportunity that they may not have in life."
Williams spoke of a 'machismo, masculine' issue surrounding mental health problems, especially in Fury's industry, where fighters aren't expected to 'admit that you have frailties'.
"If it's possible for a 6ft 9 heavyweight champion of the world to come out and very vulnerable and struggle with mental health, and come forward and receive help - and then recover - then it's possible for anybody to do that," Fury said.
There are various resources that can help provide mental health support, including MIND, Samaritans and CALM:
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