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Louis Tomlinson pre-empts solo career by declaring “I didn’t want a solo career”

By | Published on Monday 26 June 2017

Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson didn’t want One Direction to go on hiatus and didn’t want to launch a solo career. We know this because the former 1Der has given an interview with The Observer as he preps the release of a solo album.

The stand out quotes in the broadsheet conversation relate to Tomlinson discussing his role in the One Direction enterprise. When stripped back to make a headline for the piece, the summary of his musings on this topic go: “Niall is lovely, Zayn has the voice, Harry is cool, Liam gets the crowd going… then there’s me”.

Recalling the boyband’s original creation on ‘The X-Factor’ in 2010, he goes on: “You know I didn’t sing a single solo on ‘The X-Factor’. A lot of people can take the piss out of that. But when you actually think about how that feels, standing on stage every single week, thinking: ‘What have I really done to contribute here? Sing a lower harmony that you can’t really hear in the mix?’ [You’re] the kid wearing espadrilles, stood in’t back”.

However, says Tomlinson, things improved as 1D evolved over the years, hence his disappointment when the hiatus first came up. “In the last year of One Direction I was probably the most confident I ever was”, he said. “And then it was: ‘OK, hiatus!’ It wasn’t necessarily a nice conversation [but] I could see where it was going”.

On the post-1D career, Tomlinson says he originally thought he’d do something behind the scenes, having been the member of the group most interested in the mechanics of the pop industry. “If you’d asked me a year or eighteen months ago: ‘Are you going to do anything as a solo artist?’ I’d have said absolutely not”. But, despite those feelings, and his dabblings in artist management, debut solo single ‘Just Hold On’ arrived late last year, and now an album is in the pipeline.

Read the full interview here.