Max George has revealed that he struggled with depression after the 2014 breakup of The Wanted and admits that he was "in a rut of what to do next."
The 32-year-old said he struggled to cope when he and his bandmates Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, and Nathan Sykes parted ways in 2014. Speaking to Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle of Made In Chelsea on their Private Parts podcast, Max George said: "I was so in love with being in the band. I became distant and I was so focused on it. Plus, I drank every day and hung out tour. That's all you do. Getting that taken away was like an addiction, all of a sudden. "
"I had a three-month period in my life where I couldn't leave my apartment without being sick. My head was spinning. I couldn't walk. So I ended up in the hospital with scans on my brain and it all came down to being depressed.
"There was nothing specific, I felt like I was in a rut on what to do next, but I felt lucky, I have a great family, I got Glee and I moved to Los Angeles ..." But nothing worked. Doctors prescribed things [medications] for me there. It helped, but I quit because I didn't want to have a drink for six, seven, or eight months and not be fine without it. "
"I remember the first morning that happened. I woke up and felt good the day before. My jaw stopped. I thought I had done something while I was sleeping." He continued: "But the next day the same thing happened and my doctor said there was nothing wrong. So I started to think there must be something wrong with my head. I came home for Christmas and got more opinions from doctors, brain scans. Nothing appeared, so they agreed that it must be anxiety, depression. "
"I couldn't do any exercise without being sick. Then three or four months into it, I woke up and my head was completely clear." "I couldn't believe it had gone. I cried to myself because I felt like me again and I felt like I could go back to living my life."