Louis Tomlinson has not been very public with his feelings since the death of his little sister.
Obviously no one can blame him. Félicité Tomlinson was only 18 years old. Her sudden passing from what authorities believe to be a heart attack must have been unimaginably staggering.
It’s taken some time, but Louis finally broke his silence on social media last week. Now, he’s opening up even more about how all this has changed him — and changed what he’s going to do with his music.
The former One Direction star posted a message he needed to “get off my chest” on Twitter and Instagram Monday.
Louis didn’t speak directly about the experience of losing his little sister, but it’s clear from the time frame of the evolution he described what spurred the change.
“Someone recently said something very interesting about how so many people focus on the ‘end game’ without enjoying the doing. I’ve been thinking a lot more about what success means to me. I feel like I’ve ben mistranslating it for the last 3 years.”
Three years? Really? He described how he had been looking at stardom:
“Everything I’ve ever known, in my career, is straight down the middle pop. My expectations and aspirations are all shaped around my experiences, as much as I try and stay realistic I couldn’t help but crave a ‘hit’ single. It’s because of this that I’ve spent so long on this album, trying to fit into top 40 radio when in fact maybe I should start with what I love and work from there instead of trying to write to a more specific formulae.”
Trying to do what you think people will like will only generate art people will like. But if you start with what you love, you will make art other people with love.
It may not be as many people, but it will be more important to the people it hits just right.
What does this mean for Louis going forward? He continued:
“Over the last few weeks I’ve put a lot of things into perspective and in fact what I should be doing is forgetting about perception and to a certain degree worry less about being defined on commercial success. I’m not here to compete with the likes of Drake and Ariana Grande. I’m here to make music I love and make my fans proud to say they’re a fan. Turning a page today.”
He ended with a message for everyone about life:
“Enjoy today and enjoy the ride! Don’t get lost on the way up.”
Wise words, from someone who’s had to learn a lot about the brevity of life in a very short amount of time.
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