Bad Interview Experience Has Louis Tomlinson Vowing to Stay Away From this BBC Show
One Direction broke hearts when they decided to take a break back in 2016, but since then, each member has moved on with their own musical lives. Though Harry Styles has been lighting up the charts with his latest project, Louis Tomlinson also remains a fixture in entertainment and has been making the rounds to promote his new music. However, one recent encounter left a sour taste in his mouth.
What has Louis Tomlinson been up to since the band’s separation?
In January 2016, Tomlinson welcomed a son into the world, which was right around the time that One Direction put things on pause. According to Billboard, that same year he was a guest judge on America’s Got Talent and released a series of singles between 2016 and now.
On the personal front, Tomlinson endured two tragedies. His mother, Johannah Deakin, passed away from leukemia at age 43 in December 2016. A little over two years later, he lost one of his sisters, Félicité, to cardiac arrest. She was only 18 when she died in April 2019.
Tomlinson said the grief affected his songwriting ability, but fan support played a role in helping him through the dark spell. He told The Guardian:
“After I lost my mum, every song I wrote felt, not pathetic, but that it lacked true meaning to me. I felt that, as a songwriter, I wasn’t going to move on until I’d written a song like that.”
With the help of other songwriters, he created “Two of Us” which he said “was like the song I always wished I’d written. I went in and put my personal touch to the verses. It was a real moment for me in my grief, and as part of the creative process, because it felt like it was hanging over me.”
Tomlinson released a debut album in January 2020
Still pouring himself into music, Tomlinson spent much of the past year or two crafting Walls, his debut album that dropped on Jan. 31. The project includes the singles “Two of Us” and “Walls” and he told Billboard the process of creating it finally turned out to be the sound he wanted.
Promoting the album led to an appearance on BBC Breakfast this past week, and Tomlinson found himself in a position he didn’t want to be in while discussing his new music. A few things made him and fans uncomfortable. Here’s a short clip:
Tomlinson won’t be returning to the show
After the appearance, fans reached out to Tomlinson on social media to comment on the host’s question about his mom and sister. Many were taken aback that the subject was brought up and felt it was insensitive. In addition to talking about the family members he lost, BBC Breakfast also talked about how other One Direction members were on their second albums.
To that, Tomlinson answered, “What you saying? I’ve got some catching up to do?” He did make a point to say, “I just released my first album, that’s what I’m here for.” Fans called the interview “disrespectful” and “awkward,” and some said they cringed while watching it.
Tomlinson responded on Twitter by saying he wouldn’t be going back on the show. However, he also thanked fans and urged them to let it go and focus on his new album. BBC Breakfast has not commented.