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Aston Merrygold blasts One Direction’s Liam Payne for blaming mental health issues on being in band

Aston Merrygold has blasted Liam Payne for blaming his mental health issues on being in One Direction.  

Liam, 27, previously cited the ‘toxic and difficult’ environment of being in the boyband for being a detriment on this mental health. 

Aston Merrygold, 33, has called out these claims, saying that it ‘comes with the job, you sign away your privacy’ and that he should have understood that fame comes with a price. 

‘You sign away your privacy’: Aston Merrygold, 33, has blasted Liam Payne, 27, for blaming his mental health issues on being in One Direction; pictured in 2021

The What Makes You Beautiful singer revealed that he had difficulty adjusting to the lifestyle and had a hard time being locked up in hotel rooms while on tour.  

The two of them both found fame on the X-Factor, and Aston told The Sun that there were other reasons why the band were not allowed out and it may have had something to do with safety, with fans bombarding hotels. 

He said: ‘You are your own boss. It’s not that you were not allowed to do something. He was in the biggest band on the planet and there were thousands of people outside the hotel. So it was probably a safety thing.’

Hard times: Liam previously cited the 'toxic and difficult' environment of being in the world's biggest boyband was detrimental on this mental health; pictured in July 2021

Hard times: Liam previously cited the ‘toxic and difficult’ environment of being in the world’s biggest boyband was detrimental on this mental health; pictured in July 2021 

Work: Aston (far left) has called out Liam's claims, saying that it 'comes with the job, you sign away your privacy' and that he should have understood that fame comes with a price; JLS pictured in 2020

Work: Aston (far left) has called out Liam’s claims, saying that it ‘comes with the job, you sign away your privacy’ and that he should have understood that fame comes with a price; JLS pictured in 2020

Continuing on: ‘It comes with the job. You sign away your privacy. I think you should expect everything, expect it all and say, “This is what I want to work for”.

‘If you don’t want any of those things then you should not start it because it (the downside) does come and when it does come there are going to be bits that you don’t like.’  

Liam has spoken openly in the past about his own struggles with mental health, revealing he battled suicidal thoughts after finding fame, and saying he went through a ‘pills and alcohol phase’ when he was in the band.   

Talent show: Both One Direction and JLS found fame on the X-factor, and despite both losing out on first place, found global fame; pictured in 2021

Talent show: Both One Direction and JLS found fame on the X-factor, and despite both losing out on first place, found global fame; pictured in 2021 

A struggle: Liam (mid-left) has spoken openly in the past about his own struggles with mental health, revealing he battled suicidal thoughts after finding fame, and suffered with addiction; One Direction pictured in 2014

A struggle: Liam (mid-left) has spoken openly in the past about his own struggles with mental health, revealing he battled suicidal thoughts after finding fame, and suffered with addiction; One Direction pictured in 2014

‘For some certain circumstances I’m quite lucky to be here still,’ he told Sky One’s Straight Talking with Ant Middleton.

‘There are times when that level of loneliness and people getting into you every day, it’s like, “When will this end?” That’s almost nearly killed me a couple of times.’ 

The band, which members include Liam, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, formed in 2010 on the talent show before fame became too much and they eventually split up in 2015.  

Saddening: He told Sky One's Straight Talking with Ant Middleton: 'For some certain circumstances I'm quite lucky to be here still'; pictured in July 2021

Saddening: He told Sky One’s Straight Talking with Ant Middleton: ‘For some certain circumstances I’m quite lucky to be here still’; pictured in July 2021 

Ups and downs: Aston (mid-right) continues on 'If you don’t want any of those things then you should not start it because [the downside] does come and [...] there are going to be bits that you don’t like'

Ups and downs: Aston (mid-right) continues on ‘If you don’t want any of those things then you should not start it because [the downside] does come and […] there are going to be bits that you don’t like’

Aston continues on, and says that there are ups and downs to every job and that the music industry is a career which is multi-faceted. 

‘If you want to be an artist and go and sing you don’t just have to sing, this is a business. It’s the music industry. You can’t just be a singer.’ 

‘A lot of people clock off at 5pm but I don’t clock off at 5pm. I am back on the job whenever I have to be.’ 

'You can't just be a singer': Aston continues on, and says that there are ups and downs to every job and that the music industry is a career which is multi-faceted; pictured in March 2021

‘You can’t just be a singer’: Aston continues on, and says that there are ups and downs to every job and that the music industry is a career which is multi-faceted; pictured in March 2021 

The band, which members include from left Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Style and Liam formed in 2010 on the talent show before fame became too much and they split up in 2015; pictured in 2014

The band, which members include from left Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Style and Liam formed in 2010 on the talent show before fame became too much and they split up in 2015; pictured in 2014 

Aston opened up in May about his experience with racism, and explained how it has helped him deal with racist comments his son Grayson has been subjected to by trolls.

He said that the vile remarks have helped him to become ‘more protective’ of his three-year-old child, and that he was ‘always ready’ for his biracial son to be targeted due to the racism he himself experienced. 

 JLS are set to release new music and it was revealed that they signed a new record deal earlier this year, eight years after their split.

The boyband – Marvin Humes, Oritsé Williams, JB Gill and Aston Merrygold – revealed they’ve already got several singles lined up for fans in 2021.

Speaking about their exciting comeback plans in an interview with The Sun, Marvin explained that after their reunion tour was postponed amid the pandemic the band were able to get ‘writing and recording’.

Reunited: JLS (pictured here in 2020) are set to release new music and it was revealed that they signed a new record deal earlier this year, eight years after their split

Reunited: JLS (pictured here in 2020) are set to release new music and it was revealed that they signed a new record deal earlier this year, eight years after their split


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