Robbie Williams, the iconic British singer-songwriter, has left no room for speculation when it comes to his recent dramatic weight loss. In an exclusive interview with The Times, the 49-year-old artist candidly disclosed that he has shed more than 25 pounds, thanks in part to a medication he described as “something like Ozempic.”
“Babe, I’m on Ozempic. Well, something like Ozempic,” Williams revealed with a smirk. “It’s like a Christmas miracle.”
Williams further elaborated that this medication has impacted him on more than just a physical level. He humorously quipped, “And I need it, medically. I’ve been diagnosed with type 2 self-loathing. It’s shockingly catastrophic to my mental health to be bigger. My inner voice talks to me like Katie Hopkins talks about fat people. It’s maddening.”
This candid revelation comes in the wake of Williams’ concerted efforts to improve his health. In addition to his use of medication, he has made significant changes to his diet. These changes are part of a broader effort to address his overall well-being, including his mental health.
Williams’ journey towards health coincides with the imminent release of a new Netflix docuseries premiering on November 8. The series promises an in-depth exploration of his life and career, delving into his struggles with mental health and addiction.
The former Take That member, who has maintained sobriety for two decades, admitted that watching the documentary footage of his tumultuous past is a challenging experience. He likened it to “watching a crash you were involved in, but in slo-mo,” describing the process as “enduring your mental illness at a very, very slow pace, over a very, very long time.”
As part of the docuseries, viewers will witness Williams reacting to and providing commentary on the chaotic events of his life, offering a unique perspective into his journey. “When they asked me to make the documentary, I came up with a jingle for it. ‘Trauma watch!/ Trauma watch!/ Have a trauma watch!/ I was in Take That then I left Take That/ Then I did drugs and I got real fat,'” he shared.
During the documentary, Williams reveals a series of diagnoses he has received over the years, including dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD, neurodiversity, body dysmorphia, hypervigilance, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He humorously added, “And, obviously, I have an addictive personality… I am collecting them all, like Scout badges.”
Williams has long been an advocate for discussing mental health openly. In 2004, well before it was common for celebrities to do so, he publicly disclosed his use of antidepressants. He humorously remarked, “There was a line I wanted to have in the documentary, which we had to lose in the end. ‘I moaned, so Lewis Capaldi could wail!'”
Despite the difficulties faced during the documentary-making process, Williams shared that it has ultimately been a cathartic experience. “The documentary puts all the past to bed. I feel lucky now,” he told The Times.
The acclaimed musician, married to wife Ayda Field and a father to four children, also expressed his belief that mental health challenges are a near-inevitable part of the creative process. “And if they don’t have them at the beginning, they do by the end. No one gets a free pass in the extreme fame game. No one comes out the other side well-adjusted and happy and mentally well. Name me one,” he concluded, reflecting on the tumultuous journey that has shaped his remarkable life.