Robbie Williams injured during Belfast gig - singer bedridden with back injury
Robbie Williams has told how a live show in Belfast left him in agony and battling back pain and muscle spasms.
The 40-year-old star is playing a series of UK shows, but said his back was "knackered" as he goes through his paces for the performances on his Swings Both Ways tour.
The Take That star serenaded the Odyssey Arena with a string of swing at the weekend, with Hit The Road Jack and Putting On The Ritz delighting the Northern Ireland audience.
Appearing in a penguin suit and regulation cheeky grin, he opened with pop stomper Shine My Shoes.
But yesterday0 he told how he had to sit out the annual Soccer Aid charity football match he organises because of the difficulties he was having.
And in a new blog on his website he told fans: "Alas, my back's fr****** knackered.
"The day after Belfast was spent in bed with it completely spasming – like toothache under my shoulder blades.
"Oh the joys of getting older. These things are sent to test us.
"By whom and why, I'm not sure. But one thing's for sure – the show must go on, and it will."
The singer is renowned for his energetic performance, but told earlier this month how the wear and tear on his body meant that he even had to scale back on his beloved football.
The Port Vale fan was on the bench for Soccer Aid and explained at the time: "I've got two discs rubbing together on my back. My body is going: 'You're 40, and this is what's happening'.
"I can't get the insurance to play because I'm in the middle of a tour – if I do the back in out on the pitch, the tour goes kaput.
"When you were 18/19 you didn't care, and you were going to do it anyway you say: 'I'm never going to get old.'
"Well, I'm there now. My body is knackered."
His next show is at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Sunday.
Stoke-born Robbie and wife Ayda Field are expecting their second child. The couple, who live in a Beverly Hills mansion – have a daughter, Theodora, or 'Teddy' as Williams affectionately calls her.
In the mid-1990s he quit Take That to embark on a solo career that included a karaoke favourite, Angels.
His Swing Both Ways album hit the top of the charts last year.