Robbie Williams says he nearly died from mercury poisoning after eating too much fish every night.
The singer has resorted to a vegan diet since a routine blood test in 2017 revealed dangerously high levels of mercury in his system, meaning he could have “dropped dead”.
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“I was eating fish twice a day and I’ve got the highest mercury poisoning the doctor has ever seen,” Williams told Radio X.
“Do you know what I thought when I heard that? ‘I’ve won!'” he added. “That’s how my ego works, ‘I’ve got the highest…did you say the highest? Thank you.’ I literally won the mercury award.”
He added: “I got my mercury tested because my wife’s neurotic and she gets all sorts of tests all the time. Anyway, thank God, ’cause I could’ve dropped dead of mercury and arsenic poisoning.”
The singer then revealed that he “went plant-based the next day” after the test results came in.
Teaming up with a pair of Australian songwriters, Williams said the yet-to-be-named group have already worked on a few songs that they plan on releasing sometime soon.