will.i.am almost died after he drowned in a swimming pool.

The 38-year-old star nearly lost his life after her failed to listen to his mother Debra's advice when he was a youngster and he decided to go for a dip in the pool, despite not being able to swim, which led to him being sucked under water.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: "I was like, 'Ma, can I go swimming?' She was like 'no, boy, you ain't going in no swimming pool'.

"So my mom said no but I did the opposite. I've never been in a swimming pool and so I don't know the difference between 3ft and 9ft - I'm thinking that everything is at the height that I'm at.

"So I'm walking and I start sinking and then I drown. I'm under water for about three or four minutes."

However, fortunately for the Black Eyed Peas singer, a quick-thinking pal was on-hand to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation before rushing him off to hospital.

He explained: "They gave me mouth to mouth and then I'm, like, dead. And then I come back."

"They took me to hospital and I'm in there for about a week or something. I almost lost my life."

"I did lose my life but when I came to and I was in the hospital... to see the worry on my mom and my uncle's faces...

"And just the reminder of, like, don't do things that you know you shouldn't be doing.

"I shouldn't have been swimming because I never knew how to swim."