Liam Payne opens up about his struggles with anxiety
- Liam Payne has described his struggles with anxiety in detail
- The ex-One Direction star spoke to Esquire Middle East exclusively about his anxiety
- Payne discussed how those with anxiety can be terrified of going outside to get coffee or petrol
- The star discussed how he copes with anxiety in Esquire's June cover feature
"Agoraphobic" is the word that Liam Payne uses to describe his worst days under the weight of the global spotlight that comes with being a world famous pop-star.
In an exclusive interview with Esquire Middle East, the former One Direction member reveals how he used to not be able to leave his house for days, and even suffering from anxiety in everyday situations such as going to get coffee or petrol for his car.
"I developed a bit of agoraphobia. I would never leave the house. And I do sometimes suffer with it a bit in the sense that I’ll get days where I just don’t want to leave my house, even if it’s just going to the shop." he tells Esquire as the cover star of it's new June 2019 issue.
Similar to clips of The Beatles or BTS getting mobbed on the streets, we're all too well aware of the kind of hysteria that can ensue when boyband members are seen out in public, but it is not that kind of attention that Payne admits to struggling with.
“I don’t think I struggle in the sense of what you would naturally think of when I’m walking down the street with every person stopping me,” he says, “I mean, it happens sometimes but it’s mainly mentally where you struggle with it. It’s the getting ready and always knowing that you might be photographed.” From elaborate airport fits to the loungewear he puts on to pick up a pint of semiskimmed milk from the shop down the road, it seems there’s never a moment where Payne (and his clothing) aren’t in danger of becoming front page news.
"I even used to have a really bad problem with going to petrol stations and paying for petrol. I can feel it now—it was like this horrible anxiety where I’d be sweating buckets in the car thinking ‘I don’t want to do this’."
Payne reveals that one of the ways that he helps combat any simmering anxiety is by going for a run at 5am every morning. "I love it. I get myself outside and into the day and get past that fear of ‘what if this happens?’ or ‘what if that happens?’.