Harry Styles spoke about doing drugs and re-framing his musical priorities on Friday’s “New Music Daily with Zane Lowe” on Apple Music’s Beats 1.
Styles, who shot to fame with One Direction on “The X Factor” back in 2010 before they decided to take a hiatus four years ago, previously opened up about doing mushrooms while recording his new album Fine Line in an interview with Rolling Stone.
He then told Lowe, “I think part of the thing with the mushrooms thing for me is that I never do anything when I’m working, and I don’t even drink when I’m working, if I’m touring or anything. I don’t drink really at all.
“When I was in the band, it was like, to me, it felt like it was so much bigger than any of us that I kind of felt like, ‘I’m not going to be the one who f**ks it up.’
“So I was like, ‘Now is the time in my life when you probably go out and experiment and do this and you take this and you do that and that’s what you do with your friends. And I was like, ‘I’m not going to be the guy who f**king messes it up.’ So, I was like, ‘I’m not going to do any of that stuff.'”
Styles insisted everything changed with his latest LP, admitting he just wanted it to be about having fun.
He shared, “Making this record felt like—I just felt, so much, like, so much more joyous. And I was with my friends and we were in Malibu… I felt so safe. It was like, ‘I want to take some mushrooms? I’m going to take some’—like now is the time to have fun. Like, we’re in Malibu, 24. I’m also in music.”
The musician also spoke about going to therapy when he first moved to California.
“For a long time I was like, ‘I don’t need that.’ You know, it’s very like British way of looking at it, I think. And then I think there was a point where I kind of was trying to work out a lot more stuff about myself because obviously then it was just me walking in. And I think it kind of comes with when you’re trying to make music.”