Robbie Williams, 46 has opened up about his terrifying experience while visiting Haiti with his wife Ayda, 41. The Angels singer revealed he was nearly “beheaded” by bandits while helping out with Unicef in the weeks following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country in 2010.
The concerning admission came from his Postcards from the Edge podcast, where he said: “I got threatened to be beheaded in Haiti. We were going out there to help.”
“I was like, ‘Should we go to the next street then?’ and looking back, it was scary.”
Ayda added: “I was with you, I too was being threatened to be beheaded as well.”
The couple had travelled to the Caribbean country to provide help for families who had lost their homes in the devastation.
“When you go to somewhere like Haiti, it does make you feel like you want to help,” he said.
“It’s awful what has happened,” the singer recalled, explaining that working with the kids and families who had lost their homes in the natural disaster, inspired him to have his own children.
Robbie and Ayda are now parents to four – Teddy, Coco, Charlton and Beau.
Around 250,000 people died in the Haiti earthquake disaster and 1.5 million lost their homes.
News of the mass devastation gathered much support from around the globe but the small nation has yet to fully recover.
While on his trip, the Unicef ambassador visited a camp in Jacmel and met refugees living there.
He said at the time: “This earthquake hit children the hardest. They are so vulnerable.
“They’re living day-to-day without the basic things they need and at risk of violence and abuse.
“I don’t know about you, but I think this is wrong and we need to put it right,” he continued.
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While Robbie’s terrifying ordeal happened back in 2010, another celebrity also experienced a similar experience more recently.
Joanna Lumley opened up about the time she and her film crew were ambushed by bandits in the Haitian mountains.
They were in the middle of filming for her new ITV documentary Hidden Caribbean: Havana To Haiti, at the time of the attack, when a gang demanded either “your money or your life”.
She recalled the terrifying situation in an interview with Radio Times: “Suddenly there was a blockage across the road, they’d put branches down.
“Luckily, we had two big bodyguards who got out and said, ‘Come on guys, clear this away’,” she remembered, but to no avail.
“They went, ‘No, we want your money or your life’.
“Sometimes they dig trenches, pour oil in and set fire to it, then they come with guns and take your wallets.”
Fortunately for the team, the bandits let them pass unscathed and mention of their ordeal didn’t make it into the show.