Robbie Williams’ dad Pete Conway has opened up about his Parkinson’s diagnosis and living in lockdown.
The 70-year-old entertainer is living in Stoke-on-Trent, thousands of miles away from his son, who is residing in LA.
But Pete said he’s been speaking to Robbie on the phone most mornings during the lockdown.
He said: “Robbie rings me just before he goes to bed when I’m just getting up, because of the time difference.
“I miss the whole family and it’s the first thing I’ll do when lockdown is over. I have to keep adding to my bucket list because people keep saying ‘when lockdown is over we must [insert activity]!’
“The list just keeps getting bigger – I’m going to be really busy when we are allowed out again.”
“I went to the oatcake shop on Thursday for the first time, but that’s the only place I’ve been. I’ve just done as I’ve been told and stopped in the house.”
In an interview last week, Robbie told MirrorOnline that his dad had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Pete revealed that he was given the diagnosis three years ago, but knew it was coming.
He said: “A lot of people close to me didn’t even know I had it. I was diagnosed three years ago and, to be honest, I knew it was coming on. It was just one of those things.
“The symptoms come and go, it’s just a bit of a nuisance more than anything. Rob mentioned it in an interview last week, but I’ve had it for a long time and I’m just carrying on as normal.
“It’s not a secret and it was going to come out at some point – I just put up with it really.”
Pete had been looking forward to Robbie’s Port Vale concert in June, which has been postponed until next summer.
The gig had sold 10,000 tickets for the hometown performance in aid of UNICEF UK, The Hubb Foundation and The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.
Pete said: “It’s very sad for showbiz at the moment, because all the lights have gone out. This has never happened before and we have to wait until it all goes away.
“I’m annoyed that we’re missing the Port Vale gig in June. There were a lot of people looking forward to it.
“I was going to retire after that gig, but I might be retired now and not realise it.”
A former policeman and publican of the Red Lion, Pete shot to fame on TV talent show New Faces in the 1970s and went on to become a familiar face on the UK cabaret circuit.
He was born Peter Williams, in Tunstall, but later changed his name when he broke into showbusiness.
He remains a proud Potter, buying his Sentinel every day and is a regular attendee at local events and supporter of local good causes.
Despite lockdown, Pete has remained positive and advises to ‘just keep going and eat your oatcakes’.