Niall Horan is battling his claustrophobia by reading self-help books after suffering a panic attack while stuck in a lift last year.
In December (2013) the One Direction hunk got the fright of his life when the elevator at his hotel in Milan, Itlay stopped mid-journey, as he admits he gets extremely claustrophobic – especially in crowds.
Niall Tweeted at the time: “Eight of us got stuck in a tiny lift. Claustrophobia is a terrible thing, and people telling you to calm down is worse. I was freaking out. My heart is still thumping.”
Now the 20-year-old is learning to overcome his fear by reading books that teach various techniques on how to battle phobias, and help in preventing panic attacks.
And sources close to the 1D star say the books are working.
“Niall really wants to conquer this problem once and for all. He’s essentially practicing amateur psychology at the moment and is getting through three books a week,” a source close to Horan told the Daily Star.
“The self-help books are teaching him how to manage crowds with various coping techniques.
“He has stacks of them by his bed and they’re really making a difference to his state of mind.”
Niall has been very open about his claustrophobia in the past and revealed it gets particularly bad when there are hordes of screaming fans.
“I do get a bit scared sometimes – when we’re in the tour bus, fans start climbing all over it and smacking on the windows, trying to get in,” he said previously.
“They start chasing after us, screaming. I’m claustrophobic and I don’t like everyone crowding around and shouting questions. I get a bit scared.”