“I Wasn’t In A Good Place”: Liam Payne Reveals He Struggled With Mental Health In One Direction
"I let it get to me a little bit too much..."
Liam Payne has opened up about his struggle with mental health during his One Direction days, saying he had to pretend he was happy for the fans but inside he was suffering.
Speaking to Dan Wootten at The Sun, the 24-year-old said he once had to cancel a concert because of it. “I shouldn’t have been able to do as many shows as we did, if I’m honest about it, if I’m brutally honest about it.
“Going out and putting that happy smile on my face and singing the songs, honestly, sometimes it was like putting on one of those costumes, going out there and, underneath the costume, people don’t really see what’s going on.
“I let it get to me that day. I wasn’t in a good place. And unfortunately I was going through a rough time and I let it get to me a little bit too much. That was it.”
The father-of-one added that he never had any down-time to look after his mental health, and he noted that the band’s hiatus was absolutely essential for him.
“The more we did, I just don’t think we stopped and celebrated enough how great things were and I think that’s what got on top of us in the end. It was like, ‘Oh, you’ve just won three EMAs, but get on the plane and go to the next place’.
“We needed a little bit of time away from each other. We needed a realisation point to find the love for it again, rather than it just becoming a job. I’m a totally different person now to how I used to be about it.”
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