Tom Odell felt “unlocked” when he started writing songs about his anxiety.
The 30-year-old singer had previously been silent about his mental health issues, but is delighted to have put his “very destructive” way of thinking into his fourth album “Monsters” and to do “something good” with it. his feelings.
He told The Sun newspaper: “As soon as I started writing about my anxiety, I felt released and all the fear came out of me.
“I had suffered from panic and anxiety attacks for many years before I finally told anyone. And he was starting to run faster and faster and become very destructive.
“Then I just decided to write about it. And it was amazing.
“The album came from a time that was difficult for me and I’m glad I managed to turn some of that anxiety into something good.”
Tom was excited to “tear up the rulebook” and do something new with his latest album.
He said: “I’m really proud of the production actually. It works with these delicate stories that I was telling.
“I’ve been writing songs since I was 13 years old. You know, so you start to develop these habits. I needed to tear up the rulebook and try something different.
The ‘Another Love’ singer – who was diagnosed with chronic anxiety in 2018 after being hospitalized with a severe panic attack – is in therapy and enjoys transcendental meditation, and he hopes to be open about his struggles. in his music will help others.
He said: “It was a very transformative time for me and I felt very free in the face of the thing that was so disruptive. I learned that I tend to be stoic.
“Now I’m on a mission because I didn’t know it was a panic attack when I first had them and just accepted what I was feeling. If I had told people about it, I think it wouldn’t have been so intense.
“And now if one person reads this and decides to speak up, rather than keeping it a secret, that’s a victory.”