Robbie Williams Wishes He Got Sober Later in Life | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Robbie Williams Wishes He Got Sober Later in Life

The pop star first got clean at 19, but claims he'd rather have spent his 20s in an "alcoholic drug stupor." Still, sobriety makes his life better now.


Williams "regrets that it was all over so fast."
Photo via

By McCarton Ackerman


| Share

British pop star Robbie Williams makes no secret of his sobriety and how he sought help for his drug and alcohol addictions—but bizarrely, he wishes he didn't do it so early in life. The former Take That singer says he realized his life was spiraling downhill in his late teens and ended up getting sober for most of his 20s. But he now feels a few more years of a partying before seeking help might not have been a bad thing. ''I regret that it was all over so fast. I regret the fact I was 19 when I realized I was out of control," says Williams. ''I regret the fact I wasn't 29 or 30 when it happened and I'd splodged my way around the world in some sort of alcoholic drug stupor. I spent most of my 20s sober.'' But despite the resources available to him, Williams admits he relapsed several times in his 20s and early 30s before finally getting clean, shortly before meeting his wife Ayda Field in 2006. "In my 20s I was like, 'This is fucking horrendous' but I didn't think I was going to die. The short period in my 30s I thought, 'I'm just about to die and I don't care.' In fact, it would have been a relief," he says. "But that's where your fucking head goes when you're taking loads of things you shouldn't be taking. The only person I knew who understood anything about it was Elton John. After a big bender it'd be [calling] 'Elton'. How weird is that, when the only person you know can help you is Elton John?'' There are added benefits to his sobriety too: the notorious ladies man says being sober keeps him from cheating on his wife. "You know like on anniversaries women expect you to get them flowers and things? I think every fucking night you haven't stuck your cock in someone else, you should be given a gold ring."

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
An Audience with Gabor Maté

According to the rock star of addiction theory, every addict had a traumatic childhood whether they realize it or not.

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv