Rita Ora Praises Zayn Malik And His Anxiety Confession

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Rita Ora has praised Zayn Malik for opening up on his struggles with anxiety coming out to confess she struggles with the crippling condition herself:

Earlier this year, Zayn admitted he suffers so badly from anxiety that he has been forced to cancel public performances – a recent example of which being his headline slot at the Capital Summertime Ball.

Rita, 25, applauded Zayn’s honesty and said she frequently visits a therapist to help her combat her anxiety issues.  ‘I’m so glad someone has spoken out about it. I’m not scared to admit that I have had therapy,’ she tells the September issue of Cosmopolitan.

‘I have someone I speak to once a week. People suffer it in different ways, but for me, it’s more about thinking about the long-term goal,’ she adds.

The singer – whose hits include Body On Me and Hot Right Now – says having a tight-knit network of support (including her sister, Elena, who works with her) helps her survive when she hits a low point.

‘I’m a very “at the moment”-type person, so if I have to do something there and then, I’ll be fine. But if I think about it, that’s when anxious thoughts start going in,’ she explains.

‘Sometimes I get nervous about recording a song in the studio. I’m like, “I’m not ready to record this yet.” Or, “I don’t think I can do this.” So I’m relieved to have people around me who encourage me to do well,’ she added.

Words by Seamus Duff

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