AceShowbiz - Liam Payne has been struggling with his mental health while battling a mystery illness.
The "Strip That Down" star has taken to YouTube to update his fans on why he's "been quiet" in recent weeks, admitting he's been sick during a 16 minute video update.
"(It's) been a very weird and very poorly few weeks - a lot of coughing - I feel for anyone who's ill right now," Liam added before clarifying that he wasn't suffering from Covid-19.
And Liam also told fans his illness, which left him unable to exercise, has proven detrimental to his mental health, admitting, "When I can't train or work out I become a depressive madman!"
However, the downtime has come with some reward for the Bedroom Floor singer, who has been teaching his young son Bear, who he shares with ex, British singer Cheryl, to swim.
Describing the process as "tasking," he added, "As a dad I try to push him quite hard sometimes, it's tough to know the right balance."
"His mum's quite good at that, to be fair, his mum's quite good at that stuff."