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6 Extremely Sad Things Louis Tomlinson Just Said About Being In One Direction

"What have I really done to contribute here?"

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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has new music coming out soon and just had one hell of an interview with The Guardian to talk about it. The full piece is poignant, sad, and refreshingly real — and it'll really make you feel for the guy.

Here are some of the most interesting things he spilled about his time in the group:

1. He's felt like the "forgettable" member of One Direction:

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In the interview, Louis acknowledges that he's been seen as "forgettable, to a certain degree." He goes on to describe the role each guy had within the band and how he fit in to that picture. "The others have always been… Like 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."

2. The X Factor days really messed with his confidence:

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"You know I didn’t sing a single solo on the X Factor. A lot of people can take the piss out of that. But when you actually think about how that feels, standing on stage every single week, thinking, ‘What have I really done to contribute here? Sing a lower harmony that you can’t really hear in the mix?'"

3. Speaking of confidence, he finally found his...at the wrong time:

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“In the last year of One Direction I was probably the most confident I ever was. And then it was: ‘OK, hiatus!’”

5. He wasn't planning on going solo and acknowledges that he may not be able to work with the same level of writers that Harry can:

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“If you’d asked me a year or 18 months ago: ‘Are you going to do anything as a solo artist?’ I’d have said absolutely not... I couldn’t say to you now that I could definitely get a superstar writer in a session with me. And I understand that. Harry won’t struggle with any of that.”

6. And finally, there's nothing in the world quite like One Direction fans:

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“I honestly think they’ll write books about One Direction fans... Because they are so fanatical. The intensity. It’s remarkable."

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