If you’d all be so kind as to indulge me for a bit, I’d like to share a little about one of my favorite people on the planet: Louis Tomlinson, formerly of One Direction and currently a bona fide solo artist. Over the years, the “Miss You” singer has gone from being the one in One Direction who never got any solos to then penning a majority of their hits to now releasing his own music. He’s someone who once told The Guardian that he struggled with confidence, but he seems to be finally realizing how ridiculously talented he is — and we, the fans, could not be prouder.
For me, I’ve sat here for the past six years watching Louis do amazing things like donate millions of dollars to charity and meet sick fans who adore him, and it’s these quiet moments of greatness that have made me even more supportive of him and his career. He’s someone who is capable of extraordinary things, though his humility would never allow him to get cocky or rest on his laurels.
I can’t say I know him personally (please don’t remind me), but I feel like I know him just from how closely I’ve followed his career, and I feel confident in saying he’s one to watch in the music scene. If you’ve resisted the solo music of any of the members of One Direction simply because of their past, I’m sorry to say you’re missing out, especially when it comes to Louis. His lyrics are sharp, his melodies are catchy, and his attitude is just nonchalant enough to draw you in. But you know what? It’s not a surprise to those of us who have been around awhile.
To celebrate King Louis and all that he’s done, I pulled together 22 things that have made him truly the hero we needed, from the little moments with the boys to all of his charity work. For all you other Louies out there, and of course, for Louis himself, this one’s for us.