Harry Styles has said that he thought therapy “means you were broke” before experiencing the benefits for himself.
Tyles, 28, whose new album Harry House is set to be released later this month, has reflected on finding fame at a young age and spoke candidly about her experience with therapy.
In an extended interview with Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Styles revealed that he reluctantly began therapy about five years ago, telling the publication: “I thought it meant you were broke.”
He said that, at the time, he was conscious of not becoming a celebrity cliché and wanted to “be the one who says I don’t need to”.
For the theme of his upcoming album, Styles said that therapy had given him the tools to “open up rooms in himself” to which he was previously unaware, and learn to challenge his tendency to “coast emotionally”.
According to Official Charts Company, Styles went solo in 2016, when he and his One Direction bandmates debuted on an indefinite hiatus, and has since had a number one album and two number one singles in the UK.
Styles continued: “I think accepting living, being happy, hurting to extremes, is what makes living the most you can be.
“Losing it crying, losing it laughing – there’s no way to feel more alive than that, I don’t think.”
The Grammy-award winner also talked about fellow singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and her thoughts on finding fame at such a young age, just like 20-year-old Eilish.
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Styles first gained recognition at the age of 16 after auditioning for The X Factor.
Of Eilish, he said: “She was much younger than me, and when I was in the band, we were always young.
“When I did my first solo, I was still like a young boy. I’m not like an old man anymore, but he’s just a different generation.”
He also shared the “liberating” moment he felt that constantly trying to be the “young thing” wouldn’t make him happy.
“You can’t win music. It’s not like Formula One,” he told Better Homes and Gardens.
“I was like, in my lifetime, there will be 10 more people who burst onto the scene like this, and I’m only going to get further away from being young.
“So, get comfortable finding something else that makes you happy. I just found that so liberating.”
The full extended interview with Harry Styles can be found in the June issue of Better Homes & Gardens or online at BHG.com/Harry.