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Olly Murs Approves Of 'God' Simon Cowell's Revelation About His Mental Health Struggles

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on September 10, 2023 at 3:00 PM EDT

Olly Murs, who values the importance of mental health therapy, is showing admiration for Simon Cowell for publicly acknowledging his mental health problems.

Fans will recall when Cowell recently opened up about his mental health journey, emphasizing the "super positive" impact of therapy, which he wished he had sought earlier in his life.

Murs believes such revelation from the "X Factor" creator, who inspires many globally, including himself, would encourage fellow males to follow his steps by openly discussing their mental health struggles. 

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Olly Murs Says Simon Cowell's Mental Health Talk Is 'Going To Help Other Men'

The "Thinking of Me" singer, who rose to fame through the 2009 edition of Cowell's "X Factor," touched on the value of therapy at the Heineken-partnered National Television Awards, emphasizing how seeking professional help should be a necessity for people.

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Olly Murs at the ITV Palooza! 2021 in London, England.
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"I think therapy is massively important for everyone. I don't think it's something you should shy away from," he said per Mirror.

"We are always unearthing and unlocking new things about ourselves," Murs continued. 'And trying to understand why I reacted this way or why I said this or why I'm feeling like this."

He felt that the more people knew themselves, the better they would be, adding that "speaking to strangers" often helped. Speaking about his experience, the "Please Don't Let Me Go" vocalist revealed that he sought therapy years ago before appearing on "The Voice," and it was an "incredible" experience.

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He then dished on Cowell's journey, saying, "It's great that someone like Simon is talking about that because he is someone that people look up to like a god. Well, for me anyway." Murs further pointed out all the 63-year-old had achieved in his career before calling him a "strong, powerful man" whose candidness about mental health would be a source of inspiration for the male population.

He stated, "For someone like him to talk about it is only going to help other men, and if that can help one person or hundreds of men to talk out more, then that's great." During the first episode of The Mirror's "Men In Mind" podcast, Cowell opened up about seeking therapy, admitting that the COVID-19 era triggered his decision

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The English TV personality, who regretted not trying the process decades ago, confessed that he once attributed his depressive episodes to his "character traits" over the years. However, he ultimately recognized the importance of therapy, saying, "I wish I had done this 10 or 20 years ago… it's like a weight has lifted off my shoulders."

Cowell felt relieved at the "super positive effect" of therapy in his life, and with that, he made the step to reexamine his priorities, including curbing his unhealthy habit of obsessing over TV ratings.

Simon Cowell at America's Got Talent Season 17 - Live Show Winner Red Carpet
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The "Britain's Got Talent" creator also spoke about his anxiety during the pandemic, recalling his fear of contracting COVID-19 after witnessing friends' experience with the virus. He was worried that if he caught the virus, his son Eric and fiancée Lauren Silverman would also be affected.

Even with his concerns, he eventually came down with a relatively mild case of COVID-19, prompting him to reevaluate his mental health and endeavor to improve it. 

Cowell was able to reflect on things in a way he never would have done before the pandemic, and as things got back to normal, he delved more into mental health, receiving suggestions from friends who appreciated therapy. 

In addition, he became aware of his need for a change and compared his mental health journey to his "head going to the gym."

The 'Heart Skips A Beat' Singer Got Married To His Sweetheart In A Festival-Themed Ceremony

Back in July, Murs tied the knot with his beautiful partner Amelia Tank in a lavish festival-style wedding on Essex's Osea Island as the Daily Mail reported. The couple hosted 60 guests, including their family and celebrity friends, for the ceremony, while 100 more joined them for the festival bash, named Murs Fest, the following day.

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According to an insider, the 39-year-old music star and his bride "had a food truck from McDonald's serving up all of the classics, including McNuggets" during the ceremony.

They also had Craig David perform a DJ set for their guests while Murs reportedly got up on stage for a few songs, including The Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," despite promising Tank he would not perform.

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