Robbie Williams has detailed the impact fame has had on Take That’s mental health.
The 48-year-old singer opened up about the dark side of what being in a boy band “really does” and opened up about how he and bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Jason Orange struggled with depression, eating disorders and addiction and suicidal thoughts.
In a candid interview with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music 1 show on Wednesday, Robbie also predicted that One Direction could face their own demons in the future, adding that he’s planning a documentary to reveal “what’s really happening.” “.
Opening: Robbie Williams detailed the impact fame has had on Take That’s mental health
Formed in 1989, Take That have had 12 number one singles on the UK Singles Chart along with eight number one albums and are currently the most successful boy band in UK chart history.
But despite their success, the boys battled their demons behind closed doors, with Robbie explaining how their enormous fame influenced them.
The Angels hitmaker, who left the band in July 1995, told Zane, “If you go through every boy band and girl band that’s ever been. With Take That, Gary Barlow leaves the band, his career should and didn’t.
“He suffered from bulimia, wouldn’t leave his house, fell asleep under his piano because he forgot how to write songs. Incredibly depressed. Changed his name on his credit card because he didn’t want people to see Barlow.
Candid: The singer, 48, shared how he and his bandmates struggled with depression, eating disorders, addiction and suicidal thoughts (LR Jason Orange, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Robbie in 1993)
“Howard Donald wanted to commit suicide after leaving Take That. Mark Owen has been in rehab and Jason Orange just can’t make it. And then there’s me, the mental health, the rehab, the addiction, all of that. So that’s what being in a boy band really means.
Robbie went on to say that One Direction – who went on hiatus in 2015 – may be suffering the consequences of their huge fame across the board.
He said: “And I’m sure that in 5 or 10 years, when you sit down with a man with One Direction, everyone will have their isms caused by this machine.
“I want to make a documentary about it. Maybe we should do it together. About boy bands and girl bands and what really happens. Why fame does this to you.’
Chat: In a candid new interview with Zane Lowe on his Apple Music 1 show on Wednesday, Robbie also predicted One Direction could face their own demons in the future
Meanwhile, in the same interview, Robbie compared girl band and boy band fans to football fans because of their unwavering loyalty.
He explained, “What I think of is when a boy band or girl band gets to a certain place or stature because there’s a lot that fell by the wayside and can’t come back and God bless them for having that kind of thing to be at the top of the mountain at such a young age and then they have to go away and figure out how to live.
“But what I think it is with the Spice Girls, One Direction, Take That, NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, all these people reaching this place, it’s their football team of fans. So Liverpool or Manchester United. You know what I mean?
Success: Formed in 1989, Take That achieved 12 number one singles in the UK Singles Chart along with eight number one albums and is currently the most successful boy band in UK chart history (Take That pictured in 1992 ).
Candid: “The mental health, the rehab, the addiction, it’s all there. So that’s what it really means to be in a boy band.
“And you just never stop supporting Liverpool. It will be engraved. So it’s mostly like a young girl’s soccer team.’
It comes after Robbie came under fire after it was revealed he will be performing during the World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA’s decision to host the World Cup in Qatar was controversial – particularly in relation to migrant workers and the LGBTQ+ community.
Thoughts: Robbie went on to say that One Direction – who went on hiatus in 2015 – may be suffering the aftermath of their huge fame across the board (pictured in 2014).
The chart-topper, who previously performed at the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, was unveiled during a press conference in Doha as one of the musical acts who will perform at the Qatar Live concerts.
Robbie will play at Doha Golf Club on December 8 alongside Maroon 5 and Post Malone, who are also reportedly playing gigs to coincide with the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Fans expressed their “disappointment” after learning the news on the Robbie Williams Fanfest page.
One wrote: “Sorry but the World Cup in Qatar is wrong on many levels and I’m disappointed that Robbie finds it acceptable to support it so openly.”
Another said: “I love him but this is disappointing.”
A third wrote: “Hope that’s not true,” another added: “That’s sad, really sad.”
Backlash: It comes after Robbie came under fire after it was revealed he will be performing during the World Cup in Qatar