Though the group, which was put together during The X Factor, helped Payne along with Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson skyrocket into superstardom, the "Strip That Down" crooner thinks of the 2016 split as “really scary at first” but happy that it ended. “I needed to stop. It would’ve killed me,” he said.
Turning to a solo career, Payne noticed himself struggling to break the imbalance between partying and over-working that he developed while in 1D. He decided, “You’re either going to end up a crazy child star who dies at whatever age, or you’re going to live life and actually get on with it.”
"I remember getting to therapy and the guy was like ‘What do you like to do?’ I didn’t know,” he recalled.
Payne recently dropped a new single, "Stack It Up." Listen to his podcast episode here.