Pop star Robbie Williams opens a dark chapter in his life and makes it public: the British singer was to become the victim of a contract killing.
At 47, Robbie Williams can look back on a successful career in the music business. He became world famous as a member of the boy band Take That, followed by an equally steep solo career. But fame also has its downsides.
“There was an order to kill me”
At a time when the musician was “ridiculously famous” – comparing his own fame to that of Michael Jackson – he feared for his life. Williams now reveals this in an interview with the British medium “The Mirror”: “I’ve never said that before, but there was an order to kill me. I’ve never said that publicly.” The artist does not go into any further detail – he also does not explain who exactly was behind the contract killing.
But Williams can avert the situation: “It passed, I have friends, there are a lot of invisible things that happen when you’re famous.” But it wasn’t just the imminent threat of a murder that plagued Williams throughout his life in the limelight.
The success weighed on him
“Blatant fame and blatant success meet fear and depression and mental illness,” the celebrity knows from personal experience. He broke through with his band when he was 17, “I left when I was 21 and went solo, sold 80 million albums, held the record for most tour tickets sold in one day, blah blah blah… “
Robbie Williams first had to process the sudden, huge interest in his person. “You resist having your privacy taken away from you and you resist by trying to be normal.”
Take That: This is where Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Howard Donald took the stage in Berlin in 1994. (Source: IMAGO / BRIGANI-ART)
In the further course of the conversation he gives even deeper insights into his inner life: “I want to go to all the normal places where I can’t go because people are trying to kill me.” He suffers from anxiety and doesn’t like meeting strangers. “But the strangers want to meet me and I feel very uncomfortable about it. Thinking about it makes me uncomfortable. It’s a trigger.”
Robbie Williams now lives in the United States with his wife Ayda Field and their children. At that time he had traveled overseas to promote an album. However, when he noticed that he had a certain anonymity there, he decided not to work on his success there. “So I moved there and turned down everything that was offered to me in the States.”