If there's one thing that Louis Tomlinson has learned since One Direction took an indefinite hiatus, it's this: going solo is never an easy feat. The 25-year old Doncaster native recently opened up to The Guardian's Observer about his life following the hiatus that he strongly opposed, and how he's finally facing the music on his own. He admitted that as one of the biggest bands in the world during One Direction's time, it was easy to get collaborators on a track. As a solo artist, the situation is more dire.

Tomlinson admits it's hard to get collaborators once he went solo

In talking to the Observer, Louis Tomlinson, who is often regarded as the least bankable One Direction band member, admitted to struggling to get people on board for his solo outing. He explained, "I couldn’t say to you now that I could definitely get a superstar writer in a session with me. And I understand that." The singer added that unlike Zayn Malik, who departed the band ahead of time, and Harry Styles, who seemed to be the Justin Timberlake of the group, he struggled to get people to work on his solo music.

He said, "Harry [Styles] won’t struggle with any of that."

Singer took some time to come into his own

Louis Tomlinson admitted that he wasn't ready to be thrown into the pits of fame when One Direction hit the jackpot. Unlike the four other members, he was more into the logistics of the business, which is why he founded Triple String Ltd., a small record label. Tomlinson shared that it took him quite a while to finally discover himself as an artist and performer, and just when he did, the band called for a hiatus. The singer, now one-fourth of the band, strongly opposed the hiatus. He explained, "It wasn’t necessarily a nice conversation.

I could see where it was going."

'Just Hold On' singer didn't want to make music as a soloist

There are many reasons why Louis Tomlinson finally gave in and made music as a solo artist, despite initially not wanting to. His original plan was to keep behind the scenes, manage his record label and its talents and carry on writing songs for other artists, just to wait out the hiatus. However, he thought that if he did sit it out, he would be "conceding." To what, he wasn't really sure.

It would be possible that Tomlinson has lost his spark when his mother passed away from leukemia last year, as he also admitted that she was the driving force in his life when his own self-doubt got in the way. Nonetheless, the 25-year old is releasing a follow up to "Just Hold On," a track he wrote and performed with Steve Aoki. This time, he's collaborating with Bebe Rexha on the single "Back to You," which should hit airwaves very soon.

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