Louis Tomlinson on Harry Styles’ success: “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me”

Louis Tomlinson has admitted that he’s been jealous of Harry Styles’ successful solo career.

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The soloist, who releases his second album ‘Faith In The Future‘ this Friday (November 11), said in a new interview that he initially felt green-eyed about Styles’ successes as an artist and a burgeoning actor.

Tomlinson, who was formerly in the five-piece boy band One Direction with Styles, reflected on the early days of the group’s split in 2015.


He told The Telegraph in reference to Styles’ career: “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me at first.

“Only ‘cos I didn’t know where to place myself, and really my only point of reference was other members of the band. But it’s not surprising to me that Harry’s the most commercially successful because he really fits the mould of a modern star.”

Louis Tomlinson
Louis Tomlinson (Picture: Press)

Styles has gone on to release three Number One albums – ‘Harry Styles‘ (2017), ‘Fine Line‘ (2019) and ‘Harry’s House‘ (2022) – and in September continued to break records on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with ‘As It Was’ reaching its 15th week at Number One.

With that milestone, Styles became the longest-reigning British artist to top the US chart with a single track, usurping Elton John‘s 1997 hit ‘Candle In The Wind’ (which spent 14 weeks at Number One).

Tomlinson, whose debut album ‘Walls‘ went to Number Four in the UK charts, added about Styles: “He’s not just doing music, he’s got film as well, and the tour he’s done is unbelievable. It took me a while to work out where I stand.”


Harry Styles
Harry Styles performs at Madison Square Garden in 2021. CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for HS)

However, the singer said that he is proud of his former bandmate. “I look on Harry like a brother, man,” he said. “I have a lot of pride for what he’s doing.”

Besides music, Styles landed his first acting role in Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk (2017) and this year has gone on the star in the films Don’t Worry Darling and My Policeman.

Meanwhile, last month Tomlinson released ‘Out Of My System’. Listen here.

The singer also announced a 2023 UK and European tour – buy tickets here.