Harry Styles always thought he “didn’t need” to go to therapy.
The Watermelon Sugar hitmaker has now changed his mind and believes that talking to someone about your thoughts and feelings doesn’t mean you’re “broken”.
The 28-year-old pop star told Better Homes Gardens: “I thought it meant you were broken. I wanted to be the one to say I didn’t need it.”
Harry added that by seeing a therapist regularly, he’s allowed him to “open up rooms” he didn’t know he had in him, as well as allow his feelings to be more honest after being “emotional through his days.” went.
The As It Was singer thinks going mentally through its ups and downs is the “most alive thing you can be”.
“I think accepting life, being happy, hurting in the extremes, that’s the most alive you can be. Losing the crying, losing the laughter – there’s no way, I guess, to feel more alive than that said Harry.
The Grammy winner shared how he felt similarities between him and musician Billie Eilish – who dropped her first single Ocean Eyes at age 15 – and how he came to realize he was no longer one of the “young guys”.
“She was so much younger than me, and when I was in the band, we were always the young guys. When I did my first solo thing, I was still the young guy. I’m not like an old man now, but she’s just another generation,” he said.
“You can’t win music. It’s not like Formula 1. I was like, in my life 10 more people are going to come on the scene like that, and I’m just going to get further and further away from being the young thing. So go easy on finding something else that makes you happy. I just found that so liberating.”
He also told the magazine – which comes out May 13 – that he recently started working on the “things that happened to him” when he was in One Direction, such as an emphasis on being good role models for their young fans.
“During the lockdown, I started to process a lot of things that happened when I was in the band,” Harry said, explaining that he was encouraged to be an open book “to connect people with you, to to like you,” said Harry.
After going solo in 2016 and freeing himself from expectations, the former boy band member said, “I felt free.”