Louis Tomlinson insisted he won’t be returning to BBC Breakfast after an awkward interview on Monday morning.
Louis Tomlinson was left disappointed after appearing on BBC Breakfast on Monday, after he was asked by the show’s hosts, Dan Walker and Louise Minchin, about a possible One Direction reunion.
The presenters also grilled him about his rift with Zayn Malik as he tried to promote his debut album ‘Walls’, moments after questioning how he found songwriting following the deaths of his mum, Johannah Deakin, and sister, Felicite, in December 2016 and March 2019.
Louis Tomlinson Confirms One Direction Reunion 'Will Happen At Some Point'
Quizzed on when a 1D comeback looked most likely at the end of their chat, Louis said: “You’ve ticked them all off now, you’ve got; trauma, Zayn, and now we’re finally on this one – I like it.
“I’ll give you the answer I give everyone else, I don’t know where, I don’t know when, I think we’d be stupid not to get back together, but we don’t know. I’ve only just released my first album – that’s what I’m here for.”
Pop star discusses his first live album (Green Day), his time in One Direction, and meeting fans in Sweden
Louis Tomlinson and the rest of One Direction were on top of the world commercially when they went on a hiatus in January 2016 - according to Billboard, the TV-made boy band sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.
Now, Tomlinson has released his first album as a solo artist and he's finally adjusting to going it alone.
The band's hiatus caught him a little off guard, he says. He loved the songwriting process and was keen to do more, but the singer was thrown into the deep end when the five members of One Direction announced their timeout.
"It took me a while to kind of compute really," Tomlinson tells The Herald.
"The song with Steve Aoki, I thought 'Yeah, I'll give this a go.' That was only really something to get me back into the industry," the 28-year-old says.
"I hadn't really thought about doing anything in terms of a solo career, but you know, I think I started writing some songs that I liked the sound of…and things just kind of happened from there."
There are a lot of off-topic conversations when I chat with Tomlinson. I'm not allowed to ask him about the other One Direction members – which rules out setting the record straight on any possible feud rumours with Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, or Zayn Malik.
I'm also instructed not to ask about his family – Tomlinson lost his mother to cancer in 2016 and his 18-year-old sister Felicite passed away last April. He also has a son named Freddie Reign.
Tomlinson (left) and the rest of One Direction, before they announced an indefinite hiatus. Photo / Supplied.
When someone like Tomlinson is the subject of as much worldwide fame and adoration from young, impressionable girls as he was with One Direction – there are several people behind computer screens ready to tear him down. Armed with a thick skin, Tomlinson says he simply doesn't let it get to him anymore.
The former One Directioner got candid with the Morning Mashup crew while discussing his first solo album.
Since parting ways, the members of One Direction have all carved out their own place in the pop music firmament. Zayn Malik split before the British boy band’s final album, 2015’s Made In The A.M., and immediately banished himself to some hyper-sexualized adult contemporary netherworld. Niall Horan became a folksy soft-rocker who occasionally feigns some edge. Harry Styles went all-in on ’60s and ’70s rock-star iconography while mostly making the modern equivalent of ’80s VH1-core. Liam Payne stepped into that post-Timberlake lane adjacent to hip-hop and R&B. Most boy bands don’t spin off more than one or two viable solo careers, if that, but 1D’s batting average has been exceptional.
Until now, the one exception has been Louis Tomlinson. The fifth and final One Direction member to release a solo album, Tomlinson has long been the most inscrutable, least successful of the bunch. In the immediate aftermath of the group’s hiatus, he released an unmemorable dance track with Steve Aoki. He followed that up with an indistinct pop duet with Bebe Rexha co-credited to the unfortunately named producer Digital Farm Animals. And then he fell off the radar in the US, where he hasn’t landed a single in the Hot 100 since 2017. Tomlinson even released a statement last year about focusing on making music he loves instead of pursuing hits. By then, unbeknownst to most of us in America, he was already starting to figure out an identity for himself: the ’90s Cool Britannia revivalist.