Liam Payne Says ‘Toxic’ One Direction Fame Turned Him to Alcohol
Liam Payne revealed the "toxic" One Direction fame drove him to drink alcohol.
In a candid new interview with Men’s Health Australia, the singer opened up the downside of being a celebrity and how his mental health was affected at the height of the band's success. He said that although he enjoyed his time with Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, he did lose a bit of control.
"When you're doing hundreds and hundreds of [concerts] and it's the same 22 songs at the same time every single day, even if you're not happy, you've got to go out there," he said.
“It’s almost like putting the Disney costume on before you step up on stage and underneath the Disney costume I was pissed quite a lot of the time because there was no other way to get your head around what was going on,” he continued. "We had an absolute blast, but there were certain parts of it where it just got a little bit toxic.”
When asked if he ever felt in control during those times, he responded, “No. Never" before admitting he still struggles with it now. “I really struggle to say no because I don’t like to let people down. It’s in my nature," he said.
The 25-year-old went on to say that he believes it's important for people in the music industry to get help if they need even though it's an issue that's often overlooked. Unfortunately, he acknowledged not everyone is as lucky as he is since he was able to "get out of that scenario and back into a sense of normality."