One Direction alum Louis Tomlinson has opened up about his journey as a solo artist.
The 30-year-old singer and his colleagues Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, and Harry Styles are pursuing solo careers while the band is on break. In a recent interview, he admitted that working alone comes with a different kind of pressure than being in a group.
Tomlinson said that his personal losses as a solo artist were more painful, while his wins felt more fulfilling. He also talked about the difficulties of fatherhood and how social media has affected his life.
On November 11, “The Bigger Than Me” crooner will release his second studio album, “Faith In The Future.”
Keep reading to learn more.
Louis Tomlinson Says He Faces’ A Different Sort Of Pressure’ As A Solo Artist
In an interview with The Sunday Times for the “Life in the Day” column, Tomlinson recounted details from his time with the acclaimed boy band One Direction, contrasting it with his current life as a solo artist.
The singer shared that a lot has changed since his bandmates began releasing individual projects after they announced an extended sabbatical in 2016. The decision came after founding member Zayn Malik quit the band the previous year.
Speaking with the publication, Tomlinson noted that the band’s decision to pause all joint projects and go solo came with its own consequences.
He specifically mentioned how the pressure has changed compared to his time with the group. The “Just Hold On” crooner now believes that his losses as a solo artist were more agonizing and heartbreaking.
He told the publication per Insider,” There’s a different sort of pressure being a solo artist, and the lows are lower on your own.”
‘The Highs Are Higher’
After admitting that the “lows” cut deeper as a solo artist, Tomlinson shared that there was a flip side to it, as he gets to enjoy the positive occurrences all alone.
He continued, “In One Direction, we made decisions collectively, but now it’s all on me. That also means the highs are higher.”
Explaining his thoughts, the singer opened up about his exciting individual performance in front of a teeming crowd at the Milano Summer Fest in September.
“This year, I did a concert in Milan in front of 34,000 fans. The adulation was almost overwhelming, but I could take all the credit — not just one-fifth,” Tomlinson added, referencing the band’s then-talented quintet.
Before his appearance at the Milan fest, Tomlinson hosted the second edition of The Away From Home Festival, which featured acclaimed performers, including The Vaccines and The Snuts. The event attracted thousands of attendees and garnered favorable reviews.
Louis Tomlinson On Social Media And Fatherhood
Elsewhere in his interview with Times, the “Bigger Than Me” singer discussed the impact of social media on his life. Despite stating that social media is very crucial for connecting with his fans, he admitted that he finds it challenging to keep up with the unceasing online buzz.
“It can be a toxic place, and I’ve had some unhinged messages sliding into my DMs,” he told the publication per Insider. “I can’t keep up with these people posting 20 photos a day on Instagram, though, as all I’m doing is watching ‘Bargain Hunt’ and that’s not that interesting.”
He also reflected on fatherhood, admitting that parenting was challenging but rewarding. He added that his years of caring for his younger siblings helped him better nurture his six-year-old son Freddie whom he shares with his ex-girlfriend Briana Jungwirth.
Louis Tomlinson’s New Album – ‘Faith In The Future
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Tomlinson’s column with the Times precedes the release of his upcoming album, “Faith in the Future,” on November 11.
“I’m so excited to finally tell you that my new album Faith In the Future is out November 11,” he wrote in an announcement on Instagram. “After living with this album for a while, I can’t wait for you all to hear it.”
His post also showed off the album’s cover art artwork, a bust portrait of himself in a checkered turtleneck shirt with the album’s title written in red.
The second photo creatively lists the names of the 14 songs of the album. Ahead of its release, the singer debuted its lead single, “Bigger Than Me,” in September and another track, “Out of My System,” in October. Both have already garnered critical praise from fans and critics alike.