Singer Robbie Williams relives highs and lows in new Netflix show
LONDON – British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams looks back at his life in a new Netflix documentary series that tracks his journey from a 16-year-old boy band member to a 49-year-old entertainer and father of four.
In Robbie Williams, filmed over several days and set inside his Los Angeles home, the Angels (1997) and Rock DJ (2000) singer is shown behind-the-scenes footage of himself, shot over several decades, for the first time.
Watching the videos on his laptop, often in his bed, Williams shares his observations and emotions.
Williams’ mental health is a running theme of the four-part series, which captures the intensity of his success and sees him opening up about his battles with addiction and self-doubt, and the toxic effects of the tabloid culture of the 2000s.
“That was a trauma trip,” the singer said at the launch of the show and a pop-up exhibition in London on Wednesday.
“I’ve just been delving into mental illness and alcoholism and drug addiction. And then I’m watching it, all of those episodes. What is important to me is that I get to control some of the narrative. This is me controlling some of the narrative.”
Williams shot to fame as the youngest member of the 1990s pop group Take That and went on to launch a successful solo career which has seen him topping charts and performing in front of tens of thousands around the world.
The show’s director Joe Pearlman and his team combed through some 30,000 hours of material filmed by camera operators following Williams since his early Take That days.
Robbie Williams starts streaming on Netflix next Wednesday. A pop-up event coinciding with the launch and celebrating Williams’ career is open to the public in London’s Covent Garden from Thursday to Sunday. – REUTERS