March 26, 2010 09:59:18 GMT
The former Spice Girls' member owes the 'Better Man' hitmaker for helping her to overcome the eating disorder which almost took her life.
Former Spice Girls' Geri Halliwell credits British singer Robbie Williams with saving her life after she almost died from eating disorder bulimia. The star plummeted in weight when she left the girl group in 1998 and sparked fears for her health as she dropped to just 98 pounds (44 kilograms).
But she managed to overcome the dangerous disorder when former Take That's star Robbie, whom she was rumored to be dating at the time, encouraged her to seek professional help. Geri checked into Arizona's Cottonwood Du Tucson clinic in 2001 - and she will be forever grateful to Robbie for saving her.
Opening up about the problem on British TV show "Piers Morgan's Life Stories", she says, "I was worried I'd get fat. I would binge and then felt fatter and would make myself sick. It was awful. Robbie knew about my bulimia and he advised me to get help. He told me to go into rehab and that possibly saved my life. The bulimia would have got worse without it. I will always be grateful to him, always."
"I became really close to Robbie after leaving the Spice Girls and it was a very poignant friendship. I was lonely and felt he was the only person on the planet who could understand me because of his experiences with Take That. We understood each other. But I didn't really go out with him. I am happy and healthy now."