Liam Payne has opened up to Esquire Middle East about his struggles in dealing with the anxiety from being a globally recognised pop star, and life as a new parent.
Panic and anxiety became a huge struggle in Liam’s life, with simple tasks like going to pay for petrol or ordering a coffee, and even heading outside, being extreamly difficult.
He said: “I’ll get days where I just don’t want to leave my house. Even if it’s just going to the shop. I’d be going in to order a coffee at Starbucks and I would sweat because I wouldn’t know whether I was doing the right thing or not. I would be thinking: ‘f**k, I don’t want to be here'”.
“People make it out like a lightbulb comes on and suddenly you’re a dad and it’s like… no.”
“[Being a father] is something you have to learn and I’m not afraid to say it takes more than a f**king minute to get your head around the idea of what it is.”
He went on to explain that he finds it tricky to communicate with his little one and work out what it is he wants: “The not understanding is the most difficult bit, especially when you have a toddler who doesn’t understand how to communicate and you can’t understand what they want.”