Liam Payne is now one of the most notable artists in show business who has decided to speak out and reveal the dark side of being famous.
Payne first walked into the spotlight at the age of 14 as a contestant of "The X-Factor" before he became a member of the now-disbanded popular boy band "One Direction" in 2010.
People knew how popular One Direction was, but not all good things can pull something beneficial in return.
For 12 years, the "Strip That Down" singer already attained numerous awards and recognitions both as a group member and a soloist. But sadly, everything did not help him in any way to get through depression.
He once told "Men's Health Australia" about the negative experience he had when he was still working with One Direction.
The 26-year-old singer revealed that doing concerts over and over again required them to still perform even when they were not happy anymore. He even compared the feeling of hopelessness to wearing a Disney costume before going to the center stage because he looked so pissed.
The singer stated that he got upset about himself since he could not find a way to escape, not until he found himself turning to alcohol and drugs to find the comfort he always wanted to feel.
In his recent interview with The Guardian, Liam revealed that he used to take epilepsy medication as his mood stabilizer to help him overcome his bad days with One Direction members.
Liam admitted that he needed a little help to keep himself secure and firm throughout the time he was out in public.
"But under certain lights on stage or during interviews, I wouldn't be able to tell them my name," he disclosed.
But Payne did not only saw taking drugs as an answer. He also used to grab bottled alcohol "to kill the boredom" he had a hard time with between their shows.
According to Liam, it was the result of every confinement inside a hotel room since they could not even take a step outside... afraid of being jostled by their fans.
Fame Caused Midlife Crisis, Too
Ever since he became part of One Direction (with Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles) until they went on hiatus, fame turned into something like a burden for Liam.
On Nov. 12, he appeared in "Ant Middleton and Liam Payne: Straight Talking" where he saw fame as something like "having a midlife crisis."
Payne briefly told Middleton about his experiences in life and shared that he was lucky to still be doing the interview and performing.
The 26-year-old star revealed that he questioned himself numerous times if he could get over his struggles and depression. Those struggles became the reason behind his numerous thoughts on "acting on it."
"Yeah, when I've been in a bad place. It's one hundred percent, you know. There's no point denying it - it's been on the menu a couple of times in my life," Payne replied to Middleton when asked if he ever wanted "to act on it."
Liam surely became stronger after years of dealing with all his frustrations and struggles alone, and those experiences truly pushed him to become the better person he is now.