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The member of the group that could ease any tension with his witty sense of humor, we could not imagine One Direction without Doncaster-born Louis Tomlinson.
However, being a part of a group meant that the spotlight was to be shared – and not distributed equally. Having been on hiatus for over a year, Louis Tomlinson opened up about his time in One Direction in an honest, eye-opening interview with The Guardian. He revealed that while being in one of the most successful, popular boybands in the world, he dealt with anxiety as well as many insecurities, and often felt like he was the one that was “forgettable”.
“The others have always been… Like Niall, for example. He’s the most lovely guy in the world. Happy-go-lucky Irish, no sense of arrogance. And he’s fearless. There are times I’ve thought: ‘I’d have a bit of that.’
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“Zayn, back in the day. He could relate to me on a nerves level. In the first year we were both the least confident. But Zayn has a fantastic voice and for him it was always about owning that.
“Liam always had a good stage presence, same as Harry, they’ve both got that ownership. Harry comes across very cool. Liam’s all about getting the crowd going, doing a bit of dancing…”
…“And then there’s me.”
Louis and the rest of One Direction got their start on the reality competition show, The X Factor, where they were brilliantly grouped together and the band was formed. It turns out, even during his first few weeks in the band, Louis already started to feel that his role in the group was not as significant as the others.
“You know I didn’t sing a single solo on the X Factor….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?” Louis explained.
However, it was with management that Louis found his role in the group.
“…if there was any bad news that needed giving to the label I’d always be designated to have the argument.”
While on hiatus, each of the guys have embarked on solo careers. Louis revealed that snagging top notch writers isn’t so easy when you’re no longer singing alongside Harry, Zayn, Liam and Niall.
“I couldn’t say to you now that I could definitely get a superstar writer in a session with me. And I understand that…..Harry won’t struggle with any of that.”
However, Louis has been holding his own quite well. At the end of last year, Louis released his first single as a solo artist, “Just Hold On,” with Steve Aoki. The incredibly catchy tune quickly soared to #1 of the UK iTunes chart.
No matter if or when One Direction gets back together, we think Louis’ future is looking pretty bright.
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