Robbie Williams has revealed how he once lived on one banana a day at the height of his eating disorder battle.
The former Take That singer, 49, who is set TO release a brand new Netflix documentary this month charting his rollercoaster career, has spoken out on his experience, and for the first time has said it is fair to say he had anorexia.
His new documentary recalls a particularly worrying period in his life when he admits he used to eat just one banana a day, surviving on 90 calories.
Speaking to The Sun about that time, Robbie explains ‘there’s been an overarching eating disorder that has been with me all my life, it’s a mixture of all the disorders.’
‘I had ‘bigorexia’ which is thinking you have no muscles and no size and anorexia. There is a word that’s missing though, and that’s what I am. It was either restrictive or over-eating – I’ve never had it right…there is an eating disorder I’m just not sure which is my brand.’
Speaking out: Robbie Williams has revealed how he once lived on one banana a day at the height of his eating disorder battle
Anorexia is a serious mental illness where a person restricts their food intake, which often causes them to be severely underweight. Many also exercise excessively.
Some sufferers may experience periods of bingeing, followed by purging. Sufferers often have a distorted view of themselves and think they are larger than they really are.
The singer has spoken openly in the past about his ongoing body dysmorphia battle.
In July, the former Take That star, who admitted he’s had botox, addressed his weight loss after fans noticed his slimmed-down physique.
He posted a drawing to his 2.7 million Instagram followers, which features two characters, one saying: ‘It’s gone too far,’ and another saying: ‘Aw, bless you.’
As part of the caption, Robbie wrote: ‘I could write a book about self-loathing where my body image is concerned. Like pure self-hatred.
The ugliness of feeling ugly. I’m body dysmorphic and on top of being dysmorphic at times, I can be 40+ pounds overweight.
‘So you can imagine what my mind sees. Or maybe you can’t either way it’s a f*****g disaster.
Showman: The former Take That singer, 49, who is set release a brand new Netflix documentary charting his rollercoaster career , has spoken out on his experience, and for the first time has it is far to say he had anorexia
At the moment I’m skinny… But me being me, my mind is going, ‘F*****g great Rob, you managed to get skinny and now your old, congrats, golf clap.
‘The struggle is real, the sadness shocking. I’ve had it all my life. And it won’t abate.’
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others.
People of any age can have BDD, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women.
Having BDD does not mean you are vain or self-obsessed. It can be very upsetting and have a big impact on your life.
Robbie has confessed in the past that he has an ‘addictive nature’ and struggles with his sugar intake and eating healthy foods.
The singer, who has now been sober for 20 years, revealed that he gained vast amounts of weight when he used to get high and go food shopping.
Reflecting: The star said of his eating disorder: It was either restrictive or over-eating – I’ve never had had it right…there is an eating disorder I’m just not sure which is my brand’
WHAT IS ANOREXIA?
Anorexia is a serious mental illness where a person restricts their food intake, which often causes them to be severely underweight.
Many also exercise excessively.
Some sufferers may experience periods of bingeing, followed by purging.
Sufferers often have a distorted view of themselves and think they are larger than they really are.
Untreated, patients can suffer loss of muscle and bone strength, as well as depression, low libido and menstruation ceasing in women.
In severe cases, patients can experience heart problems and organ damage.
Behavioural signs of anorexia include people saying they have already eaten or will do later, as well as counting calories, missing meals, hiding food and eating slowly.
As well as weight loss, sufferers may experience insomnia, constipation, bloating, feeling cold, hair loss, and swelling of the hands, face and feet.
Treatment focuses on therapy and self-help groups to encourage healthy eating and coping mechanisms.
Source: Beat Eating Disorders
Robbie reflected on his mental health battles in the latest trailer for his upcoming Netflix docu-series.
It dropped ahead of the four-part show’s release on November 8, which will combine never-before-seen footage of Robbie with new interviews.
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of his solo career, the series will give an intimate look at his never-before-seen personal archive spanning 30 years.
In the new trailer he began by reflecting on his journey and career before candidly telling how things started to get difficult, resulting in a ‘nervous, mental breakdown in front of thousands of people’.
Robbie – who shares Teddy, 10, Charlie, eight, Coco, four, and Beau, three, with his wife Ayda – mused: ‘It’s astounding what’s happened in my life. But the past has me in a headlock.
‘Something has to give. You’re only supposed to do this at the pearly gates with Saint Peter this looking back at your life.’
He added of being thrust into the spotlight at a young age: ‘When I joined Take That I was 16 it was insane. I was the centre of the pop culture world.
‘I felt like I was giving more and more of myself away to the point where you don’t recognise yourself any more.
‘Being in the spotlight you can’t trust anybody. I was having a nervous, mental breakdown in front of thousands of people.
‘The thing that would destroy me has also made me successful. Touch the fire, push when it says pull and see if I can live. I don’t know how easy it is for people to get to know me.’
Robbie has been very open about his ongoing battle with mental illness and his history of depression and anxiety. And when his fame was at an all-time high, the pop star hit his lowest point.
From 2006 to 2009, Williams battled agoraphobia. The social anxiety disorder left him housebound for three years.
He has previously revealed he went into rehab in 2007 after taking speed, acid, heroin, cocaine and ‘heart-stopping’ amounts of prescription drugs.
Icon: Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of his solo career, Robbie’s upcoming Netflix series will give an intimate look at his never-before-seen personal archive spanning 30 years