Robbie Williams reveals painting in his garage shuts down the voices in his head

Robbie Williams has spoken about the positive impact painting has had on his mental health.

The singer, 48, revealed that when he spends time working on his art in the garage, it silences the voices in his head.

The former Take That singer has previously opened up about his suffering from anxiety and depression since landing a spot in the band aged 16.

Healing: Robbie Williams has opened up about the positive impact painting has had on his mental health

In an interview with The Times, Robbie revealed that part of the attraction to art was that it wasn’t music: “Before it was cocaine and strippers – now it’s colored”

“I’ve been doing the same thing for 30 years now – album, promo, tour,” he later explained that the art revival, however, “made me be a different person.”

While the pandemic has taken a toll on many people’s mental health, it seems to have had the opposite effect for Robbie.

Struggles: The singer, 48, revealed that when he spends time working on his art in the garage, it silences the voices in his head

Struggles: The singer, 48, revealed that when he spends time working on his art in the garage, it silences the voices in his head

In an interview with The Times, Robbie revealed that part of the attraction to art is that it's not music:

In an interview with The Times, Robbie revealed that part of the attraction to art was that it wasn’t music: “Before it was cocaine and strippers – now it’s colored”

The star then opened up about the voices in his head that he once struggled with as he battled depression.

He said: “I would definitely say I spend a lot of time not having to deal with Radio Rob,” he says. It’s his name for his incessant internal commentary. “It’s safer for me to be here doing this than to be in there,” he adds, pointing his head.

“I don’t think I’m spending time in the real world. But I will say this: I’m happier and more satisfied than I’ve ever been.

Positive: While the pandemic has taken a toll on many people's mental health, it seems to have had the opposite effect for Robbie

Positive: While the pandemic has taken a toll on many people’s mental health, it seems to have had the opposite effect for Robbie

Opening: The star then opened up about the voices in his head that he once struggled with as he battled depression

Opening: The star then opened up about the voices in his head that he once struggled with as he battled depression

Robbie was joined by interior designer Ed Godrich at the Williams Godrich exhibition launch event at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday.

He has made a dramatic career change as he will be showcasing his creative side by showcasing black and white paintings he created with Ed at the exhibition.

Robbie cut a relaxed figure at the event where he wore a black bomber jacket with matching pants.

He said:

He said: “I would definitely say I spend a lot of time not having to deal with Radio Rob,” he says. It’s his name for his incessant internal commentary. “It’s safer for me to be here doing this than to be in there,” he adds, pointing his head

Fame: The former Take That singer has spoken out about anxiety and depression since landing a spot in the band aged 16 (clockwise from from top left: Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams in 1992)

Fame: The former Take That singer has spoken out about anxiety and depression since landing a spot in the band aged 16 (clockwise from from top left: Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams in 1992)

Ed also went for a casual look by wearing a white t-shirt with navy jeans and a dark cap.

Robbie and Ed posed in front of their Beverley painting, which is expected to cost £20,000.

The hitmaker recently went on a selling spree and said goodbye to two Banksy works from his art collection and reportedly closed deals on his LA mansion and his Wiltshire home.

He will present 14 of his superb artistic creations at the next exhibition, which will be open to the public.

Exhibition: Robbie was joined by interior designer Ed Godrich at the launch event for the Williams Godrich exhibition at Sotheby's in London on Thursday

Exhibition: Robbie was joined by interior designer Ed Godrich at the launch event for the Williams Godrich exhibition at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday

Artist: The singer has made a major career change as he will showcase his creative side by showcasing black and white paintings he created with Ed at the exhibition

Artist: The singer has made a major career change as he will showcase his creative side by showcasing black and white paintings he created with Ed at the exhibition

Speaking of his works, Robbie said, “Art really is what you want it to be. Just like music, it has the ability to soothe and provide companionship when you are alone.

“Art and music have punctuated my ups and downs, but more importantly, they both have the power to change how I feel in an instant.”

Robbie and Ed, who co-founded Godrich Interiors architecture studios, said of their exhibit: “We’re proud of what we’ve created and it’s time to share what’s been coming out of our minds over the past few years.

“An exhibition allows the work to breathe outside the studio.

Dedication: He will present 14 of his superb artistic creations at the next exhibition, which will be open to the public

Dedication: He will present 14 of his superb artistic creations at the next exhibition, which will be open to the public

As well as selling one of his own pieces, Robbie is also a guest curator for Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated Sale, where he has selected works by his favorite artists to include, including Basquiat and Damien Hirst.

Robbie and Ed selected an untitled work by Basquiat, Over The River by Christo, Banksy’s spray-painted Rat with Sunglasses and 2-Hydroxpyridine by Damien Hirst, Freedom of Speech by Henry Hudson and a glazed ceramic by Grayson Perry to include in the selection to be auctioned.

Speaking about their own work, Robbie and Ed said they enter a “meditative” trance state when creating their art and often listen to Annie Mac’s DJ sets while painting.

The Contemporary curated sale took place in London galleries first from April 22-28 and will be followed by the exhibition from May 13-25.

Robbie said, “Art really is what you want it to be.  Much like music, it has the ability to soothe and provide companionship when you're alone'

Robbie said, “Art really is what you want it to be. Much like music, it has the ability to soothe and provide companionship when you’re alone’

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