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'Struggling' Nathan Carter opens up about turning to therapy to cope with mental health struggles

"Gigs not being allowed for the last 18 months is literally like having my left arm chopped off," he said.

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Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter has opened up about turning to therapy after the stress of lockdown.

The country music star is in a much “better place now” but said that not being able to play to live audiences really took a toll on him.

Speaking to RSVP Magazine, he said: “Gigs not being allowed for the last 18 months is literally like having my left arm chopped off. Being on stage is a drug. The crowd, the buzz, the music. I can only do music, can't do anything else.

“So, to go from 130-140 shows a year to doing nothing - overnight - was pretty tough. There's a lot of adjusting.

“I haven’t actually told anyone this but recently I started going to therapy to talk about how I’m feeling, which really helped me.”

The Wagon Wheel singer admitted that he still struggles with the stigma surrounding mental health but with the help of his friends – including mental health advocate Bressie – he came around to the idea of therapy.

“I think there's a bit of a stigma with actually speaking to people about how you are feeling, mental health wise, but my friends really encouraged me to do it and I definitely feel a lot better,” the 31-year-old said.

“I had my first session at the end of June and I have an online session every week.

“I listened to ‘Where is My Mind’ podcast with Bressie, and he gave me the inspiration to feel like, there are other people out there struggling with this lockdown. So, I knew I needed to go speak to someone.”

Now that the entertainment industry is beginning to finally reopen for the first time since March 2020, Nathan said that he’s finally beginning to feel like his old self again.

He continued: “The fact that gigs are starting to happen again helps. I went to England to do a two week radio tour to promote my last single, and I was a different person.

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“It was like a complete switch went off straight away just because I was back doing something that I love doing, not necessarily on stage, but I was talking about music and I was talking about gigs coming up ahead. I just had a totally new lease of life.”

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