Louis Tomlinson was full of self-doubt during the early days of One Direction, revealing in an interview with The Observer that he struggled with his self-confidence while 1D was making a name for itself.
His band mate Niall Horan, however, remembers things differently. In an interview with Australia’s Nova 100, reports the Daily Mail, Horan recalls that Tomlinson was actually the glue that held things together during those tumultuous early days.
“I thought it was very honest interview, I thought he was brilliant in it,” said Horan of Tomlinson’s confessional interview, in which he admitted to feeling like “the kid wearing espadrilles, stood in the back” while singing “a lower harmony that you can’t really hear in the mix.”
However, Horan insists that Tomlinson has always been a “vital” member of the group. “He knows that none of us ever thought that or think that,” adds Horan. “He’s an unbelievable guy, a great singer and someone that if, I’d say, we would have lost the plot along the way if we hadn’t had Louis.”
In the earlier interview, Tomlinson disparaged his own abilities while praising those of his fellow One Directioners.
“Like Niall, for example. He’s the most lovely guy in the world,” Tomlinson told The Observer. “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.”