Liam Payne says One Direction’s schedule ‘would have killed him’

Former One Direction star Liam Payne
Former One Direction star Liam Payne

Liam Payne says his time as a “reclusive pop star” in One Direction “would have killed” him if he didn’t get out.

The Story of My Life hitmakers split three years ago, and the 26-year-old singer – who admitted the band were “overworked” – revealed he lost track of his interests outside of that world.

“I had no personal life.”

— Liam Payne

Speaking on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, he said: “We were definitely overworked. I had no personal life, I learnt nothing about myself. I remember getting to therapy and the guy was like, ‘What do you like to do?’ I haven’t got a clue. I just lived so long as this reclusive pop star who was afraid of people, who just stayed inside all the time. I needed to stop, definitely. It would have killed me.”

Liam also revealed how the pressures of such a high profile relationship with ex-girlfriend Cheryl – with whom he shares two-year-old son Bear – put a strain on them as a couple.

He added: “I think we kind of rubbed off on each other a little bit in that way. In a bad way, actually. All of that stuff puts so much pressure on a relationship. For her, if you were going out somewhere, it would take so long to get out of the door because you’re just so worried.”