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George Ezra was ‘in bits’ after intense OCD therapy hours before attending Brit Awards

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George Ezra has recalled how he underwent intense therapy for his OCD just hours before a Brit Awards show and was ‘in bits’ after the session. 

The Barcelona singer will appear as the first guest on season two of the How Do You Cope?… with Elis and John podcast, which is available tomorrow on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds.

During the episode, George discusses his battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well as anxiety, and how he has worked to overcome it despite the pressures that come with being a high-profile touring musician. 

In an exclusive preview obtained by Metro.co.uk, George explains one occasion where he had a therapy session before attending the Brits: ‘I found an intensive course specialising in OCD. It finished the day of the Brits and I was in bits,’ he explains in the clip. 

‘It was CBT [cognitive behavioural therapy] and essentially what I was doing is being exposed to the things I worry about the most. Then you’re getting up on stage to say how lovely a world it is and “thank you for considering me tonight”.’ 

Fortunately, George has worked hard to overcome the challenges and added: ‘I’m always amazed at what you can get through when you just dig a little go, “Come on, get through the evening”.’ 

George Ezra

George Ezra opens up about his battle with OCD and anxiety (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Elsewhere in the episode, the award-winning singer goes into detail about the nature of his ‘Pure O’ OCD – a rare form of the disorder – and anxieties. 

George, 27, rose to fame in 2013 with his breakout hit Budapest and has since clocked up top 10 hits with the songs Blame It On Me and the chart-topping single Shotgun. 

He’s also earned two number one albums with his 2014 debut Wanted On Voyage and the 2018 follow-up Staying at Tamara’s. 

Other guests set to appear on the How Do You Cope podcast, include comedian Josie Long, naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham, cricketer Monty Panesar and footballer Fabrice Muamba. 

George Ezra

The singer attended the Brit Awards hours after the therapy session (Picture: Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock)

Comedian and podcast host Elis James said of the new season: ‘I never fail to be amazed at the guests we interview on How Do You Cope?. 

‘Whether it’s Monty Panesar discussing the pressures of elite level sport or Fabrice Muamba’s relentless positivity in the face of a career being cut so cruelly short, this series has inspired me as I’m sure it will the listener.’ 

He added: ‘Stigma around mental health can only be challenged by people speaking out, and it was an honour to interview these people – all of whom have faced different challenges, but they were all united by an ability to speak candidly and eloquently about the journeys they have been on.’ 

His co-host John Robins added: Elis and I found ourselves on video calls with some of the most inspiring, eloquent and fascinating people. 

‘Each of them has experienced a different kind of challenge, and has a unique insight into how they got through it. From Terri White’s unflinching honesty about the impact of childhood sexual abuse, to Chris Packham’s powerful descriptions of life on the autistic spectrum, each interview has left me with immense admiration for people who speak out to increase awareness of mental health…

‘…But my main feeling is a profound sense of hope, which perhaps we need now more than ever. We all have mental health, both good and bad, and listening to these amazing people speak about their own journeys, has been a huge privilege.’ 

The new series of BBC Radio 5 Live’s podcast How Do You Cope? …with Elis And John will be available on BBC Sounds from September 1.

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Credit: Original article published here.

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