Harry Styles stops concert to help fan through “horrendous” panic attack

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Harry Styles has been praised for stopping mid-song during a concert to assist an anxious fan.  

Styles – who shot to fame as 1/5 of One Direction – is currently on a world tour for his debut solo album. At a recent concert in London, though, the musician suddenly stopped halfway through a performance, much to the surprise of his cheering fans.

It soon became apparent that Styles had noticed that one of his concertgoers was having a panic attack after being crushed by the crowd, and quickly directed his security team to reach her.

“If everyone could give her a little space,” he advised his fans, suggesting that they “take a step back” and “just chill for one second”.

“We’ll get some people,” he added.

A video, which has since gone viral on Twitter, captured the moment Styles did his best to reassure the crowd that his security team were on their way:

Uproxx has since identified the panic-stricken fan as Annie, who tweeted about the entire experience.

Praising the singer for his assistance, she reportedly wrote: “Harry Styles stopped his entire show because I got crushed and then watched me being pulled over the barrier. That was one of the most horrendous panic attacks I’ve ever had, like even the medics were terrified of the state I was in.

“Harry is so f*cking pure I can’t believe it. I feel like f*cking sh*t but I’m so grateful to Harry for having such a pure heart and stopping the show to get security to help me.”

Annie unfortunately missed the rest of that night’s show, but the Eventim Apollo gave her a free ticket for the following night’s show and she was able to re-attend the concert.

Harry Styles has been praised on social media for halting his concert to help the fan.

Anxiety symptoms are often hard for sufferers to put into words; there is usually a sense of danger or threat, of not being able to cope with what might happen – a “nameless dread” that provokes such physically real symptoms that it can be utterly debilitating for sufferers.

The severity of these symptoms can vary from person to person, and can include:

• Restlessness

• A sense of dread

• Feeling constantly “on edge”

• Difficulty concentrating

• Irritability

• Dizziness

• Tiredness

• Shortness of breath

• Nausea

• Panic attacks

• Heart palpitations

Stephen Buckley, from the mental health charity Mind, says: “A lot of people don’t understand what anxiety is and how serious it is. It can have a devastating impact on their life.

“But it is a very common problem and people shouldn’t feel hopeless. With the right help things will get better.”

If you suffer from anxiety, experts advise that you visit you GP to explore the number of treatments available.

You can find out more information – including a series of approved self-care tips – on the Mind website.

Images: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.