'It used to be cocaine and strippers - now it's colouring in': Robbie Williams swaps rock star lifestyle for painting... as he's expected to fetch £20,000 for one piece of artwork

Robbie Williams has revealed he's swapped his rock star lifestyle for painting as he's expected to fetch £20,000 for one piece of artwork. 

The singer, 48, admitted he's given up 'cocaine and strippers' for 'colouring in' as he starts to make money out of his lockdown hobby. 

In an interview with The Times, Robbie revealed that part of the attraction to art was that it wasn't music: 'It used to be cocaine and strippers - now it's colouring in'

New lifestyle: Robbie Williams has revealed he's swapped his rock star lifestyle for painting as he's expected to fetch £20,000 for one piece of artwork

 New lifestyle: Robbie Williams has revealed he's swapped his rock star lifestyle for painting as he's expected to fetch £20,000 for one piece of artwork

He continued: 'I've done the same thing now for 30 years — album, promo, tour,' he then explained that art renaissance, however, 'has led me to be a different person']

The former Take That singer has previously opened up about suffering with anxiety and depression since he landed a spot in the band at the age of 16.

While the pandemic has taken its toll on the mental health of many, it seems to have had the reverse effect for Robbie.

Struggles: The singer, 48, admitted he's given up 'cocaine and strippers' for 'colouring in' as he starts to make money out of his lockdown hobby.

Struggles: The singer, 48, admitted he's given up 'cocaine and strippers' for 'colouring in' as he starts to make money out of his lockdown hobby.

In an interview with The Times, Robbie revealed that part of the attraction to art was that it wasn't music: 'It used to be cocaine and strippers - now it's colouring in'

In an interview with The Times, Robbie revealed that part of the attraction to art was that it wasn't music: 'It used to be cocaine and strippers - now it's colouring in'

The star went on to talk about the voices in his head he has previously struggled with as he battles depression.

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

'I don't think I spend any time in the real world. But I will say this: I am happier and more satisfied than I've ever been.'

Positive: While the pandemic has taken its toll on the mental health of many, it seems to have had the reverse effect for Robbie

Positive: While the pandemic has taken its toll on the mental health of many, it seems to have had the reverse effect for Robbie

Opening up: The star went on to talk about the voices in his head he has previously struggled with as he battles depression

Opening up: The star went on to talk about the voices in his head he has previously struggled with as he battles depression

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

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

Robbie cut a casual figure at the event where he sported a black bomber jacket along with a matching pair of trousers.

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

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

Fame: The former Take That singer has previously opened up about suffering with anxiety and depression since he landed a spot in the band at the age of 16 (Clockwise, from top left: Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams in 1992)

Fame: The former Take That singer has previously opened up about suffering with anxiety and depression since he landed a spot in the band at the age of 16 (Clockwise, from top left: Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams in 1992)

Ed also opoted for a laid back look as he wore a white T-shirt with a pair of navy jeans and a dark cap.

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

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

He will show off 14 of his stunning art creations at the upcoming exhibition, which will be open to the public.

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

Exhibit: 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 dramatic career change as he will showcase his creative side by presenting black and white paintings he created with Ed at the exhibit

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

Speaking of his artwork, Robbie said: 'Art is really whatever you want it to be. Just like music it has the ability to soothe and provide company when you're lonely. 

'Art and music have punctuated my ups and downs, but more importantly they both have the power to change how I feel in a moment.'

Robbie and Ed, who founded architecture studios Godrich Interiors, said of their exhibition: 'We are proud of what we have created and it is time to share what has been coming out of our brains for the last few years.

'An exhibition gives the work a chance to breathe outside of the studio.'

Dedication: He will show off 14 of his stunning art creations at the upcoming exhibition, which will be open to the public

Dedication: He will show off 14 of his stunning art creations at the upcoming exhibition, which will be open to the public

As well as selling one of his own pieces, Robbie is also serving as guest curator for Sotheby's contemporary curated sale, where he selected works from his favourite artists to be included - including the likes of Basquiat and Damien Hirst.

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

Speaking about their own work, Robbie and Ed said they go into a 'meditative' trance-like state' when they create their art and often listen to Annie Mac's DJ sets as they paint.

The contemporary curated sale took place at the London galleries first from April 22 until April 28 and will be followed by the exhibition from May 13 until May 25.

Robbie said: 'Art is really whatever you want it to be. Just like music it has the ability to soothe and provide company when you're lonely'

Robbie said: 'Art is really whatever you want it to be. Just like music it has the ability to soothe and provide company when you're lonely' 

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'It used to be cocaine and strippers': Robbie Williams swaps rock star lifestyle for painting

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