He said the pressures "nearly killed me".
Liam is now working on his debut solo album, which he plans to release this autumn (18), but he insists his One Direction days are not over forever.
The former One Direction singer revealed as much during an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday (May 15), where he kicked off the show's Summer Concert Series.
"When the band started our break I struggled with the idea of becoming famous again, it scared the living daylights out of me".
He added, "I feel like we're in a very comfortable place right now and, like, having my son means more than anything to me in the world".
During an interview on KISS FM, the singer, who first found fame when he appeared on The X Factor at just 14 years old, was asked to recall times when he struggled the most. He was 17 when he became one-fifth of One Direction, joining Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik on "The X-Factor"-formed band".
"There have been some tough times", he said. Because the last time it almost killed me, frankly.
After going solo, Payne released his first single in 2017. "I like it for calming your state of mind so instead of doing mad cardio where it intensifies it, it calms you down", Cheryl said. "I speak to a lot of people who are in the same position as me because I have grown up in the public eye.I love my life". "I've got a good mix of handsome people on my album, which is incredible", he spilled.