June 22, 2020
Sadiq Khan admitted he has failed to provide ‘proper leadership’ as he opens up about how lockdown has affected his mental health.
The London Mayor said that he was used to stressful situations, but the past 10 or 11 weeks had been ‘the hardest of [his] professional life, in relation to the loneliness’.
‘I’ve found it really tough,’ he said in a interview with The Times. ‘So, for eight weeks I didn’t leave, literally, my home and Tooting Common. That’s it. I thrive on company, on being out and about. And I was struggling.’
When asked if it had affected his mental health, Mr Khan said: ‘I’ve got no doubt it did. In the sense of just feeling a bit down. There are days when I’m not providing proper leadership. I definitely … I felt fragile.’
The interviewer said that when she met the London Mayor in City Hall he had been checking whether his trousers still fit for the occasion – which was only the third time he had put them on in 11 weeks.
Mr Khan added: ‘Being a leader is lonely. And I’ve struggled. I also realised I should feel confident talking about it. I shouldn’t feel that I’ve got to be this alpha male who demonstrates his virility by being superhuman. I’ve got to be honest because, you know, I have struggled.’
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