Louis Tomlinson on Early 1D Days: "I Couldn't Understand Why I Was In the Band"

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Finally, we get some insight into how Louis Tomlinson was feeling during those early One Direction days. You know, when he wasn't getting any solo parts and we feared he might blend into the background? Thankfully, he got his moment to shine, but there were definitely times when he worried about how he fit in. Sadface.

In a recent excerpt from 1D's new book Who We Are, Louis spilled, "I'm the type of person who likes being the center of attention. For the whole of The X Factor I didn't have a solo which, for me, being on the fringe, was a tough pill to swallow. When we got to recording sessions that situation deteriorated – I was less confident than the other lads in my vocal ability."

We're glad he stuck it out, but he definitely had some sad times, as he explained, "I was delighted but, at the same time, I couldn't really understand why I was in the band. That was really low, that feeling of not having a purpose, of just being along for the ride. In the end I decided to do what I knew had worked in the past – be persistent."

Yep, Louis just laid a life lesson on us, as he noted how things took a turn for the better over time: "It wasn't until the recording sessions for the second album that I started to feel comfortable with my vocals. The lads were helpful too. They'd boost my confidence. Looking back, having to question myself helped me. Even from the early days it was clear we all had our part to play individually, but that together we were somehow greater than the sum of our parts."

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