Louis Tomlinson opened up once again about the separation of one direction.
In a new interview with The Times, the singer, 31, confessed that the band’s breakup in 2015 left him “mortified”.
“When One Direction broke up, I was mortified, I was absolutely devastated,” he said. “I was a bit bitter, I guess because it felt like another loss for me. But now I have a better understanding of things and there’s not as much anger. It is what it is.”
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The band, consisting of Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Liam Payne, announced that they would go on hiatus in August 2015. The following year, Louis’s mother, Johannah Deakin, died of leukemia at the age of 42. Then his 18-year-old sister Félicité died two years later from an accidental overdose of anxiety painkillers and illicit substances.
Despite his feelings about the band’s split, the British star says he would still “be open” to reuniting with the boys, who formed a group during the 2010 series of The X Factor UK.
“Getting back together at some point is hard to imagine right now,” he continued to The Times. “But I’d be surprised if we lived our lives and didn’t have a time where we had a reunion, or whatever you want to call it. I’d be up for that.” He added: “I miss the boys and I definitely miss being one of the five, but I also like doing my thing. About time.”
Since leaving One Direction, Tomlinson has released two solo albums, 2020’s Walls and 2022’s Faith in the Future, the latter of which went to number 1 in the UK and number 5 in the US.
But that hasn’t stopped him from being envious of Styles’ success. The 29-year-old recently won two Grammy Awards, four BRIT Awards and is currently on a sold-out world tour.
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“Well, it’s not a surprise, is it?” Tomlinson said about Styles’ stardom. “We’ve always known Harry fit that mold, and it’s been amazing to see. Envy? At first maybe, when I was trying to find my way, but it’s never healthy to compare your own success to someone else’s. These days I’m learning to rise up in those moments when I have to. I didn’t know how to do it before, but now? Now I know I can.”
Styles thanked his One Direction bandmates during his acceptance speech for British Artist of the Year at the BRITs earlier this month.
“I want to thank my mom for signing me up for X Factor without telling me so I literally wouldn’t be here without you. I want to thank Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn because I wouldn’t be here without you either.” Thank you very much, ”Styles said in his speech.