In a recent interview with The Guardian, Louis Tomlinson referred to himself as, “forgettable, to a certain degree”… and it bothered me. Actually, most of the interview bothered me. Louis’ view of himself is concerning. He doesn’t seem to think very highly of his talents, or of his contributions to One Direction.
Yes, every group will have their Timberlake or their Beyoncé… just that individual who unintentional and effortlessly outshines their fellow group members simply because they hold more talent in their pinky than most human beings do from head to toe. But Ringo Starr shouldn’t be compared to John Lennon, and Louis Tomlinson shouldn’t be compared to Harry Styles (or any of the other 1D boys for that matter).
I get it. It’s tough. When you’re one of the members of a group that never had any intention of being a solo artist, a breakup (excuse me, ‘hiatus’) can be paralyzing. I’m speculating here, but Louis probably feels lost to a degree… just throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks, because deep down he may not truly be sure what he WANTS to stick. Will it be solo material? Will it be writing for other artists? Will it be running a record label?
All these questions and concerns swirling around in Louis’ head, and the one person that would have been able to give him some clarity is now gone. Think about this for a second… Louis became a father, a solo artist, and a motherless-son in the SAME YEAR.
We all witnessed the transformation Kanye West went through after the loss of his mother. He had mental breakdown. “Graduation” Kanye was dead. His demeanor changed, his music changed, everything. I’m not saying that did or is going to happen to Louis, I’m just trying to make you understand what an emotional roller coaster 2016 must have been for him. His life was completely turned upside down.
In The Guardian interview, Louis Tomlinson says, “Sometimes my reservation, or my confidence, might have prevented me from doing something. And I’ve needed a mum in the past to kick me up the arse and go: ‘You’re doing it.’” His mother undoubtedly believed in him. Now it’s time for him to believe in himself.