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Styles was reluctant to go to therapy

Harry Styles
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Harry Styles has revealed was reluctant if therapy was the right place for him when he was struggling with his mental health five years ago.

The pop star was asked about his wellbeing in a recent interview with Better Homes & Gardens.

Styles, 28, said he thought you had to be ‘broken’ to go to therapy and did not want to follow in the footsteps of past musicians with mental illness.

"I thought it meant that you were broken," explained the former One Direction star.

"I wanted to be the one who could say I didn't need it.

"I think that accepting living, being happy, hurting in the extremes that is the most alive you can be. Losing it crying, losing it laughing—there's no way, I don't think, to feel more alive than that."

The 26-year-old went on to say he used the pandemic to come to terms with the emotions he had kept since the band split in 2016 and his successful solo career.

"In lockdown, I started processing a lot of stuff that happened when I was in the band," he said.

Harry revealed he burst into tears when he signed his solo contract, but felt anxious after learning his career move meant he had to be on his best behaviour at all times.

Mental Health Awareness week runs between 9 and 15 May 2022, for more information visit the website.