Louis Tomlinson Surprised Himself By Going Solo During One Direction’s Hiatus

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When One Direction decided to take a hiatus back in 2015, fans were heartbroken, and come to find out, not every one of the lads was on board with the idea. In fact, Louis Tomlinson wasn’t totally on board with the band taking a break — in other words, he was just like all of us!

During an interview with The Observer (The Guardian’s Sunday edition) earlier this summer, the last One Direction member to really go solo — he just released his first debut single “Back To You” in July after a previous collaboration with Steve Aoki in 2016 — admitted that he was resilient to the idea of a hiatus and that he never anticipated launching a solo career.

“In the last year of One Direction I was probably the most confident I ever was. And then it was: ‘OK, hiatus!’” Tomlinson told The Observer when talking about finally finding his way as a performer, and the surprise of the band breakup.

Just when he started to feel like he was no longer “the kid wearing espadrilles, stood in’t back,” everything changed for the band, and despite the bandmates all getting along and pursuing solo careers at present tense, Tomlinson said the conversation back in 2015 to separate (even temporarily) wasn’t an easy one.

Once the decision was made, however, Tomlinson came up with a simple plan to wait “two years, five years, whatever it be,” until the band reunited. He never had plans to sing by himself, instead he thought he’d write for other musicians and run his small record label, Triple String.

“If you’d asked me a year or 18 months ago: ‘Are you going to do anything as a solo artist?’ I’d have said absolutely not.”

Lucky for One Direction fans — and fans of Tomlinson’s solo career so far — the British singer has decided to make music and he’s currently working on his debut album. Despite the fact that we too are waiting for that 1D reunion, having all four members releasing solo music, is well, music to our ears.

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