Former Take That star Robbie Williams was forced to cancel his tour dates in Russia earlier this year due to “very worrying test results”.
And the singer has spoken for the first time since releasing a statement on the mystery illness in September, saying he became “seriously ill” while backstage at a concert in Zurich.
Speaking to The Sun, the father-of-two revealed the shocking extent of his illness after spending a week in intensive care.
“My left arm went numb and I couldn’t stop dribbling out of the side of my mouth,” the 43-year-old explained.
“I had a headache and I was also having trouble breathing. I couldn’t get a full breath.”
Robbie was told by doctors he could no longer continue with his tour, but was determined to travel to Russia to perform.
Elton John is recovering after being forced to cancel a string of shows as he contracted a rare and life-threatening infection in 2017 [Getty]
“I saw myself as a soldier. I needed to finish what I’d started out, and I was going to go to Russia for the final two shows no matter what shape I was in.”
Robbie added: “I had blood tests done, and I had various scans including ones of my heart and my brain, and there were some abnormalities found, including something on my brain that looked like blood.
“That was obviously very scary, so the decision was taken out of my hands and I was sent straight to the intensive care unit.”
The Angels singer continued: “It’s very weird to go from being on tour to suddenly being in intensive care, but that’s where I found myself.”
Robbie’s wife, Loose Women star Ayda Field, was in America with their two children, Teddy, five, and Charlie, three, during the terrifying ordeal.
“The whole experience gave me a real scare, because I’ve been in some dark places before but back then I was 23, or I was 27, or I was 32. Once you’ve been on the planet for 43 years, you realise that, even if you’ve got everything that I have, you’re not invincible. So from now on I’m going to look after myself a lot more carefully.”