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Pop star's tablet 'was a lozenge'.

ROBBIEWilliams has revealed the secret behind his recent on-stage pill-popping controversy - a 100-year-old West Wales throat remedy.

The pop star was at the centre of unfounded speculation that he was back on prescription drugs after taking a tablet from a foil wrapper in front of 60,000 fans at the Help for Heroes gig in London earlier this month.

But a spokesman for the star has revealed that Robbie was actually taking a throat sweet to help his voice between songs.

The small black lozenge called Vocalzonewas invented byWest Wales-born surgeon William Lloyd in the early 1900s.

The pastilles were created for the world famous Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, and have since been endorsed by a raft of big-name singers.

Tom Jones, Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones, Katherine Jenkins and Cerys Matthews are all fans of the lozenge.

"Robbie is a little embarrassed if people have got the wrong end of the stick," a spokesman for Robbie said.

"The pill was just for his throat.Heoften takes them dur-ing gigs.

"There is no way Robbie would go back to drugs. He is in a better place now than he has ever been."

Williams, who has battled a much-publicised addiction to painkillers and alcohol before entering rehab in 2007, performed at the concert with ex-Take That bandmate Gary Barlow.

Last month Tom Jones spoke out in support of the little black pastille after being sent a letter about their origins by small Devon-based, family-run company Kestrel Medical Ltd, who now produce the lozenges.

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