Robbie Williams sobbed over reaction to his documentary after feeling ‘despised’

Robbie Williams has revealed he no longer felt “worthless” and “despised” after being inundated with text messages about his self-titled Netflix documentary.

The star, who detailed the highs and lows of his career from multimillion-selling albums and flirtations with then-Spice Girl Geri Horner, to dark days enduring death threats and depression, was overjoyed by the positive response.

Taking to Instagram today in a post addressed to his 2.9 million followers, he revealed: “So I woke up here in New Zealand yesterday to 25 texts, a similar amount in WhatsApp and a long list of emails. Some from people I haven’t spoken to for many many years. All reaching out to congratulate me on the documentary.

“After replying to many of them I just burst out crying. A good cry,” he confessed.

“As with tears, my first response was to stop them. And then I told myself, ‘Nah, f*** it. Go on, have a big blub’. So I did. I blubbed.”

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The star added that he couldn’t quite explain the reason for his tears, but that there were many, with the predominant feeling being “relief”.

“I have felt Despised. To my core, I was an embarrassment. I have felt worthless no matter what I achieved. And today I don’t,” he exclaimed triumphantly.

The star, who has had a longstanding battle with his body image, continued with a quote from Ice Cube (“Today is a good day”) and another from O’Shea Jackson: “I may leave my AK at home.”

Accompanying his caption was a series of video clips and images depicting Robbie signing typewritten quotes with his initials and ink-dipped fingerprint.

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Each page featured a poignant message, such as: “I’m no more special than you, and that’s what makes me so sad.”

Another read: “Hey, wanna come sabotage myself?”, which some fans speculated could have been a reference to the “behavioural” struggles which led to him being released from Take That.

Another amusing typewritten quote read: “It’s like mother used to say. If you’ve got nothing nice to say, then keep it to yourself, you f*****g idiot!”

His longest message in the series joked: “I propose, once a year, a thing called Bulls*** Friday, a bit like April Fool’s Day.

“You bulls*** someone about anything, but before the day ends, you must say ‘Bulls*** Friday’. It should be in February to lighten its darkness.”

It wasn’t just his private inbox that was filled with messages of congratulations either, as his post on Instagram received more than 10,000 likes in less than 45 minutes.

@the_real_dave_rich assured him: “You are so loved and respected. Really eye-opening documentary, I think it will get you even more fans, and thoroughly deserved, too.”

@jackie_mason71 added: “Just watched the whole documentary and wow Rob! I’ve enjoyed your music, videos and performances since Take That and it warms my heart to see you on the right road now with a beautiful wife and family to enrich and support your life. God bless you xx.”

@msinden wrote: “It’s obvious from [the] documentary what a kind, deep feeling, deeply loving person you are. Those early years in the industry must have been brutal. I’m happy you have found happiness- boy do you deserve it. Keep on, keeping fella xxx.”

Meanwhile, @frency000 chimed in: “We could see how real you are like all of us… but you are also a great artist, a great performer a special human being.”

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