The 49-year-old former singer, who will release a new documentary on Netflix this month chronicling his career, has opened up about the experience and for the first time said it was fair to say he had anorexia.
In his new documentary, he recalls a particularly troubling time in his life when he admits he ate just one banana a day, surviving on 90 calories.
Speaking to The Sun about this period, Robbie explained: “There was an overarching eating disorder that was with me my whole life, it’s a mix of all the disorders.”
“I had bigorexia, which means I had big muscles and anorexia. It was either restriction or binge eating – I never got it right… I had an eating disorder, I just wasn’t sure what it was called.”
Anorexia is a serious mental illness in which a person restricts their food intake, often resulting in severe underweight. Some sufferers may experience periods of bingeing followed by purging. Sufferers often have a distorted self-image and think they are more complete than they really are.
In the past, the singer has spoken openly about his ongoing struggle with body dysmorphia.