Harry Styles has said he thought getting therapy “means you’re broken” before experiencing the benefits for himself.
Tyles, 28, whose new album Harry’s House is due out later this month, has thought about finding fame at a young age and has been candid about his experience with therapy.
In a lengthy interview with Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Styles revealed that he reluctantly started therapy about five years ago, telling the publication, “I thought it meant you were broken.”
He added that at the time he was aware that he didn’t want to become a celebrity cliché and “wanted to be the one who can say I don’t need it.”
Alluding to the theme of his upcoming album, Styles said therapy gave him the tools to “open spaces within himself” that he wasn’t previously aware of and to learn to challenge his tendency to “emotionally rest.”
Styles went solo in 2016 after he and his One Direction bandmates went on an indefinite hiatus, and has since had a number-one album and two number-one singles in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company.
Styles added, “I think accepting life, being happy and hurting in the extremes is the most alive thing you can be.
“Losing the crying, losing the laughing — I don’t think there’s a way to feel more alive than that.”
The Grammy Award-winner also opened up about singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, reflecting on how she rose to fame at such a young age in the same way that Eilish, 20, did.
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Styles first rose to prominence at the age of 16 after auditioning for The X Factor.
He said of Eilish: “She was so much younger than me and when I was in the band we were always the young people.
“When I did my first solo thing, I was still like the young guy. I’m not like an old man now, but she’s just a different generation.”
He also shared the “liberating” moment when he realized that constantly trying to be “the young thing” wasn’t going to make him happy.
“You can’t win music. It’s not like Formula 1,” he told Better Homes and Gardens.
“I figured in my lifetime there will be 10 other people who burst onto the scene like that and I’ll only move further away from being the young thing.
“So, make yourself comfortable and find something else that makes you happy. I just found that so liberating.”
For the full in-depth interview with Harry Styles, see the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens or online at BHG.com/Harry.
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