Ayda Field gives update on Robbie Williams’ mystery illness

The singer has had a tough time lately

Robbie Williams is on the mend after cancelling a string of tour dates because of a mystery illness.

The popstar’s wife Ayda Field told the Loose Women panel on Thursday that Robbie, 43, is getting back on track following his health scare.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ayda on the panel, so Kate Garraway asked what she’d been up to since her last TV appearance.

Ayda said Robbie’s doing well (Credit: ITV)

“A bit of this, a bit of that!” laughed Ayda.

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Adopting a more serious tone, she said: “You know, we’re in a good place. Rob was very ill. I don’t know if any of you guys know, but Rob was very ill.

“Now he’s on the tail end of that and doing very well, so I am in a deep place of gratitude about that.”

Ayda went on to say Robbie’s made a massive lifestyle change.

“He’s now embraced a plant-based lifestyle and is doing yoga and pilates,” she said, quipping: “He’s like the girl I would like to be!”

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Robbie’s embraced a plant-based diet (Credit: Instagram @robbiewilliams)

However, she said Robbie is getting the plant-based diet confused with veganism…

“We watched this documentary about food; it’s a plant-based documentary that encourages you to eat plant-based,” she said. “I’m doing it as well… well, on the weekdays.

“It’s so funny, Rob, when he explained it, called himself vegan and I was like, ‘Babe, you’re wearing a leather jacket. You are not vegan.'”

Robbie revealed in October he was forced to cancel his tour due to a serious and “worrying” illness.

The singer uploaded a video to his YouTube account in order to explain to fans the reason behind his sudden cancellation of his Heavy Entertainment tour.

Robbie opens up about recovery (Credit: YouTube/Robbie Williams)

Sitting in the back garden of his Los Angeles home, Robbie explained: “How am I? Really good. 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.”

Robbie, 43, had to miss multiple dates in Russia due to the mystery illness which he explains was very serious.

“I needed to finish that tour and I needed to go to Moscow and I needed to go to St. Petersburg and then I got some test results.”

“They were very worrying and I ended up in ICU (Intensive Care Unit), so I couldn’t go.”

Robbie had been enjoying a sell-out tour (Credit: Twitter @robbiewilliams)

Seemingly in good spirits, Robbie even joked, “Russia, I love you. I can’t wait to come down and do the gigs at some point and sing Party like a Russian with you.”

The health scare has obviously affected the dad of two as he revealed he has changed his diet and lifestyle.

“Now I am vegan, I do pilates every day, I do yoga every day and have a really big burger on a Sunday.”

Taking the more spiritual approach to health (Credit: YouTube/Robbie Williams)

The former Take That member has been plagued with bad health during his worldwide tour. He spoke to the Daily Star about being in agony due to back problems.

“The most difficult thing about creating the tour was my health and my back, I’ve got a slipped disc and it was king of stressful.”

The singer was even forced to perform part of a gig sat down on a chair because he was in so much pain.

Robbie also touched on mental health issues, adding, “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.”

Robbie looked spritely earlier in the year (Credit:

In a recent interview with the Sunday Times Magazine Robbie delved even further into his mental health struggles.

“This job is really bad for my health. It’s going to kill me. Unless I view it in a different way.”

“[Depression] sprints through my family. I don’t know if I’d be this mentally ill without fame. I don’t think it would be as gross or as powerful if it hadn’t have been for fame.”

He had previously spoken about similar issues on Loose Women.

Robbie appeared on Loose Women with wife Ayda Fields (Credit: Supplied by WENN)

“I didn’t know what was going on, I didn’t know there was something going on and something to say.

“You don’t know to label it as anxiety and depression and I went on the roller coaster ride of drugs and drink.”

“‘I went to rehab a couple of times and done a lot of therapy and me masking or meditating it led to a lot of bad things. I nearly was no longer here.”

Fans are sure to be pleased that Robbie is on the road to recovery once again.

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Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.