Will.i.am Admits To Suffering From ADHD: "It Works Well For Me"

29 April 2013, 11:51

The Black Eyed Peas star reveals that if he was in any other job he would be "horrible" and "wouldn't survive".

Will.i.am has confessed that he suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD] but revealed he thinks it works well for when he needs to be creative.

The 'Scream & Shout' star told the Daily Mirror that he doesn't know how to slow down, however, he is in full control.

"I have ADHD. I'll admit it," he said. "I've got all this stuff in my head at the same time as I'm doing stuff and I don't know how to stop or slow down.

"But it's all good because I know how to control it."

He continued: "For every obstacle there's some type of solution. So if you have ADHD it's your passion point."

Will said it's been interesting learning about the disorder and conceded he always finds the positivies.

"One thing I learned about ADHD is that it's hard to keep your attention and you can't sit still and you're always moving and thinking about a whole bunch of things," he said. "But those traits work well for me in studios and in meetings about creative ideas.

"I've figured out a place for it. If you listen to the songs I write, they are the most ADHD songs ever. They have five hooks in one and it all happens in three minutes. I figured out a way of working with it."

The '#thatPOWER' singer also confessed he doesn't think he would be able to cope if he was in any other job.

"If I was stuck at a different job I'd be horrible and wouldn't survive," he said. "Music is my therapy and my straitjacket. Music keeps me sane and keeps my mind on something. It's fragile up there.

"My mind would wander, and if it wanders then that's not good because I could scare myself thinking of weirdo stuff."

Will added: "Music brings control to my thoughts. It's not escape – it's just order. I'm making order out of a disorder."

Meanwhile, Will.i.am released his new studio album '#willpower' last week and is currently appearing on The Voice UK.