“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**ked it up,” he explained during an interview with Zane Lowe on his “New Music Daily” Apple podcast on Friday, November 22. “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 messes it up. So I was like, I’m not going to do any of that stuff.”
However, the 25-year-old explained that when he was working on his second solo album, Fine Line, things were a little different.
“Making this record felt like, I just felt so much more joyous and I was with my friends and we were in Malibu. I felt so safe,” the “Sign of the Times” crooner added. “It was like, I want to take some mushrooms, now is the time to have fun. We’re in Malibu, 24, I’m also in music.”
The 1D heartthrob previously opened up about his drug use during an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.
“We’d do mushrooms, lie down on the grass, and listen to Paul McCartney’s Ram in the sunshine,” he told the outlet as he gave them a tour of the studio he recorded the album in. “This is where I was standing when we were doing mushrooms and I bit off the tip of my tongue. So I was trying to sing with all this blood gushing out of my mouth. So many fond memories, this place.”
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