Max George has shared how he experienced his first severe mental health episode after The Wanted was number one.
The 32-year-old pop singer from Manchester recently announced that he has been struggling with depression since 2010 when the boy band, which also featured Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes, ‘exploded’ into the public consciousness after the release of their debut single All Time Low.
George, who competed in Strictly Come Dancing in 2020, was later hospitalized for brain scans after The Wanted was retired indefinitely in 2014.
Opening: Max George shared how he experienced his first serious mental health episode after The Wanted was number one
He told Hey! magazine: ‘It doesn’t matter what you do or who you are, you can literally get anything you want, but when the success came, I broke down mentally.
My first real episode was when The Wanted went to number one. I had achieved everything I ever wanted, but I couldn’t deal with how it exploded so quickly.
It’s a question I’ve been asked before, if I had any problems with mental illness in my life and, to be honest, I haven’t told the truth. I would always say no.
Old Times: The singer revealed he’s been struggling with depression since 2010 when the band “exploded” into the public consciousness after the release of their debut single.
“It took me a tremendous amount of time to come to terms with myself that I had these issues, and then to be able to talk to my family and close friends because it was so strange to me.”
George is supported by his girlfriend Stacey Giggs, ex-wife of footballer Ryan Giggs, after meeting two years ago through mutual friends.
Read all about it: Read the full interview in Hello! magazine, out now
He said, “I remember just having a really bad day with it, and she said,” What’s the matter with you? What should I do? “
“And I said,” Just try to be normal around me. There’s absolutely nothing you can do unless I’m really curled up on the floor in a ball and you need to pick me up. ”
Since he was diagnosed with depression while starring on the TV series Glee in Los Angeles, George has learned more about the condition.
“I know it’s a mental illness, but it was also a physical illness for me,” he told the magazine.
When I got out of bed in the morning, I got on the elevator to go down from my apartment, and I got an overwhelming feeling, kind of like claustrophobia, and I should run out and be sick, I couldn’t do anything On.
Close: George is supported by his girlfriend Stacey Giggs, ex-wife of footballer Ryan Giggs, after they met two years ago through mutual friends
“I had brain scans and every test under the sun, and they kept saying we can’t see anything physically, but I knew something was very wrong.”
He also praised fellow Strictly competitor, Men Behaving Badly actress Caroline Quentin, for her support during his stay on the show, admitting he had been “so nervous.”
He added: ‘She’s an absolute sweetheart, I love her. I was so nervous on that show, it killed me, and she came in, put me on the floor, six feet apart, and talked me through. It was really nice of her. ‘
If you have been affected by anything in this article, contact the Samaritans on 116 123.
Read the full interview in Hello! magazine, out now.
Self-Awareness: Since he was diagnosed with depression while starring in Los Angeles on the TV series Glee, George has learned more about the condition