Robbie Williams' party-loving lifestyle in the 90s nearly killed him.

The 42-year-old singer was a heavy drinker and drug user during his younger years and has admitted he nearly paid the ultimate price for his excessive partying.

He shared: ''I'm really pleased that I did what I did, when I did it, because it was a life experience that I paid for in the end - nearly with my life - but in the good old days it was life-affirming and spiritual.''

The 'Candy' hitmaker admitted he took his lifestyle to the very limits before he decided to seek professional help for his drink and drug problems.

He said: ''I seemed to be pushing it further than anybody else that was around me. I was testing the limits before I either died or went to rehab. I went to rehab and got clean.''

However, Robbie - who has a four-year-old daughter called Teddy and a two-year-old son called Charlton with his actress wife Ayda Field - has insisted he could never return to his old lifestyle.

He told The Resident magazine: ''I can't do the time, so I don't do the crime.

''I can't do the hangovers or the downs and the highs. I love my wife, I love my children and I have to be there for them mentally and physically.''

Robbie also admitted to being very content with life at the moment, revealing he feels ''free''.

Asked if he's happier than he's ever previously been, the singer explained: ''I'm definitely not the most miserable that I've ever been. I love my life. I am powerful. I am beautiful. I am free.''

Last week, meanwhile, a sexual harassment case against Robbie and Ayda was dismissed.

The couple - who previously branded the allegations brought against them as ''despicable lies'' - had been accused of a string offences that also included discrimination, breach of employment contract and fraud by former personal assistant Gilles De Bonfihs but he dropped the allegations.

Lawyer Yitz Weiss, who was representing Gilles, refused to comment as to whether it had been dropped because of a private settlement.