January 02, 2020

Robbie Williams Says Elton John Sent Him to Rehab Following Drinking Bender

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Singer Robbie Williams spoke up about recovering from his dark days, including how Elton John forced him to go to rehab.

In an interview on "The Jonathan Ross Show," Robbie Williams revealed that Elton John forced him to check into rehabilitation, following his hard-drinking stint.

He admitted that his rehab days came amid recording for his most famous tracks like "Angels" and "Let Me Entertain You."

Robbie Williams attends a photocall to announce a forthcoming stadium tour for Summer 2013. | Source: Getty Images



Drinking was like second nature to Williams. In fact, the day Elton invited the singer to listen to his recordings, he did a drinking stint, which he considers to be a game. He said:

"That morning, I got in a black cab, and I had this game that I used to play where I'd stop at every pub I saw and have half a pint."

Robbie Williams attends a private view of the David Hockney retrospective at the Tate Britain. | Source: Getty Images


Williams had more than enough alcohol in his system before arriving at the studio but still had red wine before going to Elton's home.

By the time he arrived at the house, he was covered in food and stains of red wine from his drinking marathon the whole day.

Robbie Williams arrives for the 30th Annual ARIA Awards 2016. | Source: Getty Images



It only took a while before the "Your Song" artist convinced his friend to check into rehab at that moment, instead of waiting for the following week. Williams recalled:

"' I can't go to rehab now, I'm going next week.' He said: 'No, you've got to go to rehab now,' and I said, 'I've got to go to rehab now,' and this kept going back and forth at the door."

Elton John leaves St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. | Source: Getty Images


When the singer helped fellow musician Billy Joel, he was labeled judgmental and was ignored by the latter.

Elton took matters to his own hands and brought drunk Williams to his house and set up arrangements for his rehabilitation treatment.

The next thing the singer remembered is waking up and seeing Elton and David Furnish with a doctor and a psychiatrist to take him in for therapy.

Robbie Williams attends the television show 2016! Menschen, Bilder, Emotionen - RTL Jahresrueckblick. | Source: Getty Images



Williams was not the first celebrity the iconic musician helped with addiction. Being a former addict himself, Elton was able to help artists like Rufus Wainwright.

However, not all celebrities welcomed Elton's kind gesture and helping hand, including the late Whitney Houston and George Michael.

Elton John performs live on stage at iHeartRadio ICONS with Elton John: Celebrating The Launch Of Elton John’s Autobiography, "Me." | Source: Getty Images

When the singer helped fellow musician Billy Joel, he was labeled judgmental and was ignored by the latter.

Despite being shunned by a few celebrities, Elton still opens his doors to those who are willing to listen and be helped by him.