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Robbie Williams tells of ‘very scary’ week spent in intensive care

The pop star became ill in September while backstage at a stadium in Zurich.

Robbie Williams has told how he spent a week in intensive care after falling ill backstage.

The pop star, 43, told The Sun that he became ill at a stadium in Zurich while on tour in September.

“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,” he said.

“After the show, my arm was still numb and my mouth was still dribbling.”

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Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field (PA)

The Angels singer flew to London for blood tests as well as scans of his heart and brain.

“There were some abnormalities found, including something on my brain that looked like blood,” he said.

“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 added: “They checked everything out and eventually, after seven days, they said that I was fit to leave the ICU.”

Williams said that the experience had taught him to “look after my mind and my body better” and he was told to “do nothing stressful for a few weeks”.

In September, Williams, who has two young children with wife Ayda Field, cancelled a number of shows “due to illness”.

The star, who has a well-documented history of depression and has fought drug and alcohol abuse, recently said he feared that being in the spotlight will “kill” him.

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