Previous to forming One Path, Liam Payne skilled his breakout second on The X Issue at simply 14 years outdated. As a result of he was continually within the public eye beginning at such a younger age, Payne was compelled to privately work by means of psychological well being points alone. Now one month sober, the singer has opened up about his expertise with childhood stardom and the way his One Path years resulted in substance abuse and despair.
Payne lately sat down with Stephen Bartlett on a phase of the podcast Diary Of A CEO, the place he acquired candid about remedy, his relationship with the media, and the way being mega-famous was traumatic. “One in every of our outdated managers went to remedy from being a supervisor of One Path,” he mentioned on the podcast. “You’ll be able to think about how that feels, the remainder of us positively wanted some.”
A part of what led to his substance abuse, as Payne describes, was the boyband’s lack of freedom whereas touring. From an outsiders perspective, it could appear that One Path had every part they needed: screaming followers, model offers, a great deal of cash. However in actuality, they had been so well-known that they had been locked alone of their lodge rooms proper after leaving the stage:
“The issue we had within the band, and I don’t blame anybody for this. Once we had been within the band, one of the best ways to safe us due to how large it acquired was simply lock us in our rooms. And, in fact, what’s within the room? Mini-bar. So at sure level, I believed, I’m going to have a celebration of 1. That simply appeared to hold on for a few years of my life. […] As a teen, the one factor you want is freedom to make decisions and freedom to do stuff. Though we may do something we needed, it appeared as if from the skin, we had been all the time locked right into a room at night time.”
Elsewhere within the interview, Payne describes what led him to the choice to turn out to be sober. “There’s some stuff that I’ve by no means, by no means spoken about that was actually, actually, actually extreme,” he mentioned. “It was an issue. It was solely till I noticed myself after that I used to be like, alright, I would like to repair myself. […] I used to be nervous how far my all-time low was going to be. The place’s all-time low for me? And you’d by no means have seen it. I’m excellent at hiding it. Nobody would ever have seen it.”
Watch Payne open up about his One Path years on Diary Of A CEO above, across the 23-minute mark.