Singer Liam Payne of One Direction fame spoke openly about his past struggles with depression.
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.
Payne said he was going through a rough time after a breakup and wishes he had taken time off to take care of himself. On one occasion the band had to cancel a Belfast show so Payne could rest.
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 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.’
Payne has since gone on to find success as a solo artists with songs such as "Strip That Down" and "Bedroom Floor." And in March he and girlfriend Cheryl Tweety welcomed a baby boy into their lives.
I just saw @LiamPayne interview and honestly I’m not even surprised that he felt the way he did. Their career was so rushed and having depression and not being able to talk about it is the worst. He deserves nothing but happiness.— DON’T WORRY, I’M NOT AFRAID (@httpxxja) November 22, 2017
I love you @LiamPayne ☺️💕 pic.twitter.com/a70LEEXdU6
I've loved @LiamPayne for 6 years now, and I, too, have went through depression. And, although I didn't have to get on stage every night in front of thousands of people, I understand Liam's struggle with depression. Now you're out free, for reals. Take care of yourself, Liam.— Leo (@sorrelpatch) November 22, 2017
I hope you can see this @LiamPayne— Ale LOVES Liam🇲🇽 (@crxzyforziam) November 11, 2017
I was so insecure and I suffered from depression. Then I met you. You helped me through a lot and you inspired me to dance. This is me, one year later dancing my heart out. Thanks for everything. I will always support you. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/hNzVkdYEzo