The 25-year-old has opened up about life, love and his career.
Despite being one fifth of one of the world’s most famous boy band, Louis saw himself as ‘forgettable’, according to The Observer, and lamented being ‘the kid at the back’ when he was on stage with 1D.
In his most frank interview to date, Louis lays bare how he really felt in the biggest boyband of his generation, why he’s struggling with his solo music and how he had an unbreakable bond with his mum.
Here are seven things we’ve learnt about Louis…
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1. He told his mum when he lost his virginity
Louis was famously close to his mother, Johannah Deakin, who was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2016 and died in December that year.
The pair were so close, with her having his email password, that he even told her when he lost his virginity.
He said: ‘I remember the day I lost my virginity. I hadn’t even told any of my mates and I was, like: ‘Mum? I know this is really weird. But I’ve got to tell you…’ I remember thinking this is a bizarre conversation to be having with your mother. But it’s testament to how comfortable she made me.’
2. He thought he was the ‘forgettable’ member of One Direction
The 25-year-old describes his place in the band as ‘forgettable, to a certain degree’. We’re sure there must be a few fans who would disagree with that though, Louis.
But he explained that he felt the rest of the band all had their strengths and he was somewhat less noticable.
He said: ‘Niall, for example. He’s the most lovely guy in the world.
‘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.’
3. He didn’t want One Direction to go on hiatus
While Zayn had already left the band by the time they decided to go on hiatus in 2015, Louis was keen for the four-piece to stay together.
He explains that it was really only in the final year of being in the band that he found his feet and became a confident performer and he wasn’t ready for the band to become history.
Describing the conversation they had about the break, he said: ‘It wasn’t necessarily a nice conversation. I could see where it was going.’
4. He found out his mum had terminal cancer when he was at Jamie Vardy’s wedding
Louis revealed that he was told his mum’s leukemia was terminal at footballer Jamie Vardy’s wedding.
He said: ‘Talk about your places, for something super-traumatic. My mum told me, uh, yeah, that she was definitely terminal.’
5. He’s not sure why exactly he’s doing solo music
He’s following the rest of the band into solo single stardom but Louis is not sure exactly why he’s doing it.
Louis explained that when the band first went on their break he was adamant that he wouldn’t go on to record any solo music.
So how has he ended up here with a new song, Back To You, on the way?
Well, he’s not one hundred percent sure, but he explains that his reason for trying to carve out a name for himself as a solo artist has something to do with not ‘conceding’. To who he doesn’t say exactly, perhaps to the doubters in the press and audience and perhaps to his own perception of himself as the ‘forgettable’ member of the band.
6. …However, he admitted it is partly for his mum
Despite not being one hundred per cent sure why he’s going solo he admitted it is partly because of his mum.
‘I’m not gonna claim this is all for me mum. But it was definitely, it was,’ he said.