Robbie Williams said the terrifying threat went away (Image: Getty Images)
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Robbie Williams has revealed he was the target for a hitman at the height of his fame.
But the former Take That star told how the terrifying threat went away after an intervention by dodgy pals.
Robbie said: “I’ve never, ever said this, but I had a contract put on me to kill me. I’ve never said that publicly before.
“It went away. I have friends. That stuff is the unseen stuff that happens when you become famous.”
The 47-year-old singer revealed dealing with fame has been the hardest part of being a major music star and it is only in the last few years that he has been able to come to terms with it.
He said: He said: “At one point in my life I was ridiculously famous, Michael Jackson-style famous.
“I became famous when I was 17, doing a boy band when I was 16, the boy band took off. When I was 21 I left and then I had a solo career, sold 80 million albums, held the record for the most tickets sold in a day for a tour and blah, blah, blah…
Robbie with wife Ayda Field
“Extreme fame and extreme success meets with anxiety and depression and mental illness.
“There’s a few levels of fame and what it does to you. The first one is ‘f**k’.
“There’s a couple more I can’t remember but the fourth one is acceptance. You sort of rally against your privacy being taken away from you and you rally against it by trying to be normal, trying to be normal but also I’m gonna be small so people don’t beat you up. Like, ‘I’m a d**khead, don’t hurt me.’
“I want to go to the all the normal places I can’t go because people want to kill me. It takes a while to get to acceptance.
“I have anxiety and don’t like meeting strangers, but strangers want to meet me, and I feel really uncomfortable about it. Thinking about it actually gives me anxiety. It’s a trigger.
The former Take That star was targeted at the height of his fame
(Image: Getty Images)
“Also, you’ve got to be the mayor of the best town people have ever visited, or else people go, ‘He’s one of those famous people that are a d**k.’ Actually, I hate having my picture taken.”
Stoke-born Robbie, who clocked up seven number one solo albums from 1997 to 2006, eventually left the UK and moved to Los Angeles in 2004.
He lives in a Beverly Hills mansion which sits on 30 acres of land with wife Ayda Field and their daughters Teddy and Colette, and sons Charlton and Beau.
Robbie’s decision to not push his music in the US has meant he is able to live a normal life in relative anonymity. He told This Past Weekend podcast: “I came to America to promote an album.
“And I’m in Milwaukee and doing a radio station to eight people at seven o’clock in the morning and I already have millions in the bank and a huge following and I’m depressed and I’m anxious. So I’m going around America doing all this stuff and I’m going, ‘Hang on, all of this fame is making me anxious and depressed and if I go to America then I’m famous in Papua New Guinea if I’m famous in America…’
“Then I’m like, ‘Hang on, what am I doing here?
“This realisation is happening as I’m travelling through America trying to break America
“Why am I trying to break this? Why don’t I go and live there and live in anonymity and then have a nice life.’
“The grown up driving the car made a decision to not promote in America, not do anything.
“So I moved there and turned everything down that I was offered in the States.
“Basically, what happens is I live in anonymity here and really enjoy that, then I try to move back to my home country and remember that I have no anonymity there and that makes me feel anxious and depressed and then I move back to the States.”
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