The singer reveals his ongoing battle with the disease in a BBC documentary

Robbie Williams has admitted he takes medicine for depression.

The singer, 32 says: ‘People think that when you’re depressed, you’re depressed about something. But I’m not, I just feel terrible.’

Robbie recounts his battle with the illness in a BBC2 programme – The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.

The documentary – to be screened in the autumn – also features other celebrities who have battled with depression, including Stephen Fry, 48, who tells how he repeatedly tried to commit suicide from the age of 17.

In 1995, he came within moments of turning on his car ignition to kill himself with exhaust fumes.

‘I sat there for at least two hours with my hand on the ignition key,’ he says. ‘It was, you know, a suicide attempt, not a cry for help.’