Robbie Williams has spoken of his recent traumatic health scare and how it has made him re-think his lifestyle.
The Angels singer had to spend a week in intensive care after he became ill during his world tour in Zurich as baffled doctors worked hard to find out what was wrong.
Recalling the onset of his symptoms while he was backstage in September, he told The Sun: “My left arm went numb and I couldn’t stop dribbling out of the side of my mouth.
“I had a headache and I was also having trouble breathing. I couldn’t get a full breath.”
The former Take That star said he hated to disappoint fans by cancelling his tour but he had to fly to London for emergency tests.
“There were some abnormalities found, including something on my brain that looked like blood.
“That was obviously very scary, so the decision was taken out of my hands and I was sent straight to the intensive care unit,” he explained.
He added: “It’s very weird to go from being on tour to suddenly being in intensive care, but that’s where I found myself.”
Robbie’s wife Ayda Field, 38, was at their home in L.A. with their children Teddy, five, and Charlie, three, when she heard of Robbie’s illness and he said it was a terrifying time for them all.
“I was confused and scared, but I knew I was in the right place,” he said.
After a week in intensive care and after further tests, Robbie was allowed to return home where he has since been convalescing surrounded by his family.
In October, he shared a video from his home in which he apologised to fans for having to cancel his final tour dates in Russia. He said he wanted to be a “soldier” and carry on but the test results were so worrying he wasn’t allowed.
Robbie told The Sun he’s been on doctor’s orders to take it easy.
“I was told to do nothing stressful for a few weeks — just to be, and sleep, and treat myself nicely,” he said.
The former addict added that the whole experience has made him rethink his lifestyle and he’s realised he needs to take better care of himself.
He said: “I guess it’s taught me that I’m 43, not 23, and that I need to look after my mind and my body better.
“So I’ve started doing yoga and pilates, and I’ve been meditating.”
Get well soon, Robbie!