Like Zayn Malik, Liam Payne Suffered from Mental Health Issues During 1D
While the rest of the world is not-so-anxiously awaiting the return of One Direction — IT’S GONNA HAPPEN! HAVE FAITH! — the members of the once-popular boy band all appear to be living their best lives at the moment, separate from the rest of the pack; Liam Payne, in particular.
You know how it is; the 24-year-old singer used to be in 1D — now he’s out free. That mans that he can focus on the important things, like his happiness, health and well-being, which he definitely didn’t do during his days as part of a music group.
“I wasn’t happy,” Liam admitted to The Telegraph. “I went through a real drinking stage, and sometimes you take things too far. Everyone’s been that guy at the party where you’re the only one having fun, and there were points when that was me.”
Liam’s drinking caused his weight to fluctuate, too — and fans noticed. “Got to 13 stone [about 180 pounds], just eating crap,” he said. “I got fat jibes, and it affects your head. I have nothing to hide about it. As I say, it was like a musical university. We were pretty reckless, but I got it out of my system. I had my fun.”
As a result of the band’s non-stop schedule, Liam’s mental health suffered as well. “We couldn’t go anywhere. It was just gig to hotel, gig to hotel. And you couldn’t sleep, because they’d still be outside. People were speaking to me about mental health in music the other day, and that’s a big issue. Sometimes you just need some sun, or a walk.”
Former 1D member Zayn Malik also admitted to suffering from mental health issues, including “extreme anxiety.” That’s why the 24-year-old “Dusk Till Dawn” singer won’t perform live anymore.
Like Liam Payne, these male celebrities also suffer from mental health issues:
Instead of being ashamed of his depression, the 5SOS guy thinks of it as a way to "spread a bigger message than just music" to his fans. Ashton told The Sydney Morning Herald that he has "dealt with anxiety and depression in [his] life," and wants people to know that's okay. The musician is known for spreading positivity on social media, including a recent post that said:
"Some days your head will be a whirlpool of depression and anxiety! In those days you gotta breath & focus on everything great in life!"