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Sunday, April 22, 2018 6:26am ET by  

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Niall Horan opens up about having mild OCD

Niall Horan has opened up about having a bit of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), in that he needs to keep to a routine when he carries out certain tasks in order to feel calm.

Speaking to German publication, ZEIT LEO, he said: "I have mild obsessive compulsive disorder, that’s what doctors call it. That is, I feel like I have to do things in a certain way. 

"For example, if I have a burger with chips on my plate, I always have to eat the chips first and only pick up the burger at the very end.

“I have one fixed sequence. I always have to sing in the same order, move and so on. I’ll basically do everything immediately, otherwise I’ll get nervous quickly.

Speaking about his behavourial patterns, he said: "I live with them and they’re mine no matter what others think about it. I’m just like - what the hell! Fortunately, I now have enough people around me who understand me.

Obsession Compulsive Disorder has also been associated with high achievers like Horan as they tend to be perfectionists, needing everything orderly which often lays the groundwork for success. This can be demonstrated in the solo achievements Horan has had so far with his first studio album 'Flicker' reaching No. 1 in both US and Ireland on its October release. It reached No. 3 in the UK.

Horan is currently re-recording some 'Flicker' tracks with a 45-piece orchestra to be broadcast next month.

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