Robbie Williams’ upcoming Netflix documentary will delve into his struggles with mental health and his experiences in the music industry, including his time in the band Take That. Williams has revealed that there were lines and jokes that didn’t make it into the final cut of the documentary.
Robbie Williams, the renowned UK solo artist, is set to release a tell-all documentary on Netflix titled “Robbie Williams” on 8 November. Directed by Joe Pearlman, the documentary aims to explore the real person behind the headlines and provide an intimate look into Williams’ life.
In a recent interview with The Times Magazine, Williams discussed some of the lines and jokes that were cut from the documentary. One line he mentioned was, “‘I moaned, so Lewis Capaldi could wail.’ Stonking!” Williams was referring to his openness about his mental health issues and how it influenced Capaldi’s success. Capaldi, who was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, has become known for his emotional and powerful performances.
Williams also shared a jingle he created for the documentary, which goes, “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.” However, this jingle did not make it into the final version of the documentary.
In the interview, Williams also opened up about his own mental health disorders, including dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD, neurodiversity, body dysmorphia, hypervigilance, HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). He emphasized that he does not have narcissistic personality disorder or split personality disorder but joked about collecting mental health disorders like Scout badges.
Furthermore, Williams discussed the struggles that all the members of Take That have faced since their time in the band. He mentioned Gary Barlow’s battle with bulimia and agoraphobia, Howard Donald’s contemplation of suicide, Mark Owen’s time in rehab, and Jason Orange’s disappearance from the public eye. Williams suggested that there is something about the five-year lifespan of a boy band that leads to mental illness.
The documentary aims to provide a comprehensive look at Williams’ life and career, including his highs and lows, mental health struggles, and public image. It promises to offer a unique perspective on the music industry and shed light on the challenges faced by artists. “Robbie Williams” will be available for streaming on Netflix from 8 November.
If you or someone you know has been affected by the topics discussed in this article, there are several organizations that offer support, such as Action on Addiction, Mind, the NHS Live Well Mental Health webpage, and the Mental Health Foundation.