During this One Direction hiatus, we have been treated to quite a bit more music and 1D-ness than I think we originally anticipated. Certainly, we were all wondering what in the world we were going to do with our fav 4 lads on a break, but it seems our worries were in vain. We have gotten a full album from Harry, songs from Niall, dance tracks from Liam and a collab with Louis and Steve Aoki.
We’ve also seen all the lads featured on various magazine covers, and giving for the first time solo interviews that give us a little more of a glimpse behind the scenes of live with the worlds most popular boy band.
The most recent of these was Louis Tomlinson gracing the cover of The Observer, and inside was an interview that set the fandom a spin, both positive and otherwise. The star admitted to feeling “forgettable, to a certain degree” when compared with his bandmates. To elaborate on the statement, Tomlinson continues to explain that each member seemed to have their place and role within the band, and he was at times lost as to what his personal position was.
“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.’ 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 Tomlinson, The Observer
But as time passed from their beginnings which found Tomlinson with no actual solo time (back at the XFactor times), to growing his confidence and finding his place, it was then that the breaks were applied, and a hiatus was called. To which Louis admits he was not a fan of the idea.
“It wasn’t necessarily a nice conversation. I could see where it was going.” – LT, the Observer
But for me, personally, I have to admit the part of this candid interview that made my heart swell for Louis (a member I’ve always loved and admired) was his closing thanks to the interviewer:
“I’ve enjoyed this. An opportunity to talk super openly. Not, y’know, answer questions about who my favourite superhero is. I don’t feel I get that many chances.” – LT, the Observer
If you havent had a chance to grab a copy of the mag, or read the article, I encourage you to do so. As much as we all miss our 1D lads, this is a unique opportunity for us to see them now as individuals, branching out and showing us their personalities and what they feel is their sound. And coming with that are interviews like this, which truly show us the person behind the persona.
And I for one love it!