Louis Tomlinson’s Timeline to Greatness

In 2010, a 19 year old Louis walked onto the stage to audition for the X Factor UK, not knowing that his life was about to change forever. From the stage, to the judge’s chair, join MDRN MAG as we look back on One Direction‘s sassiest member. The member who, from personal tragedies to soaring triumphs, has lost as much as he has achieved. This is Louis Tomlinson‘s timeline to greatness.

The X-Factor

Louis Tomlinson auditioned for The X Factor in 2010, at the age of 19. He had auditioned just the year before, but he didn’t even make it past the producers. In 2017, Louis revealed that he had auditioned the previous year to spite his former band. His former band, having removed him as their lead vocalist and kicked him out of the band whilst in high school, prompted the first of what was many fiery quotes from Louis as his fame grew. (“Then I was like, ‘I’m going to go on The X Factor now and f**k you all!'”)

Louis Tomlinson's Timeline to Greatness

Like the other members, Louis passed through the initial 2010 auditions after singing “Hey There Delilah” by The Plain White Tees. However, he failed to make the cut for the Boys category. But, at Nicole Scherzinger‘s suggestion – Louis, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Harry Styles were put into a group and were able to remain on the show. And, One Direction was born.

One Direction went on to place third in the overall competition, eliminated in the final episode of the show, placing behind Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson.

But elimination was just the beginning, with One Direction continuing on to become the most successful boy band in history.

Time With One Direction

Amassing over 200 awards over a 4 year, 5 album span, One Direction quickly became touted as the greatest boy band of all time. Selling over 50 Million albums globally, the band continues to rake in sales despite having taken a hiatus in 2016. As one of two primary songwriters for the band, Louis honed his craft over the four year span, and established a net worth of almost $70 Million.

When the band announced an official hiatus in March 2016, Louis was in a position to never have to work again despite his youth. At 24 years old, Louis Tomlinson was already legendary in the music industry.

Since One Direction: Louis Flies Solo

Louis‘s career started off slow despite the multitude of projects he undertook. Prior to the hiatus, Louis had formed his own record label, Triple Strings Ltd and had guest featured on The X Factor as a judge, but everything lost focus with the death of his mother, Johannah Deakin, coming only nine months into his solo ventures.

Regardless of personal grief, Louis plunged ahead, promoting his scheduled collaboration with Steve Aoki, “Just Hold On,” upon its release just four days later. Dedicating the song to his mother, Louis, alongside Steve Aoki, performed it live on The X Factor finale the same day it was released.

Since that initial release, Louis has gone on to release four additional singles, each receiving moderate success. With peaks in the top 40 UK Charts (“Miss You” and “Back to You”) and on the Billboard Hot 100 (‘Back to You’), Louis proved that his marketability and mass appeal extended beyond the boy band he has long been associated with.

Another Monumental Year for Tragedy and Success

July 2018 ushered in a new ‘direction’ for Louis. Fans around the world reacted with excitement as it was announced that Louis would hold a chair on The X Factor. Now, seated alongside his once mentor, Simon Cowell, Louis reigns as a mentor and judge to the same talent competition that made him a household name.

Louis Tomlinson's Timeline to Greatness

But, it seems that with each new milestone in Louis‘s life, a tragedy has accompanied it. In March of 2019, Louis‘s 18 year old sister, Félicité passed away from complications surrounding a birth defect, leaving the singer once again bereft just after the release of new music.

‘Two of Us,’ a ballad dedicated to Louis‘s late mother, now held double meaning as the singer was forced to face another tragic loss.

So I will keep you, day and night, here until the day I die
I’ll be living one life for the two of us
I will be the best of me, always keep you next to me
I’ll be living one life for the two of us
Even when I’m on my own, I know I won’t be alone
Tattooed on my heart are the words of your favorite song
I know you’ll be looking down, swear I’m gonna make you proud
I’ll be living one life for the two of us

Louis Tomlinson “Two of Us”

What Else? Football, Philanthropy, and Freddie.

But, music isn’t the only avenue in which Louis has taken the opportunity to spread his wings since One Direction. In 2016, Louis added fatherhood to his resumé. Freddie Reign Tomlinson, born just months before the One Direction hiatus, with celebrity stylist, Briana Jungwirth.

Also an active footballer, 2016 saw Louis playing alongside former band mate, Niall Horan, in a Unicef charity match.

But, Louis‘s philanthropy doesn’t end there. From aiding the Shining Stars Theatre Group (dedicated to children on the autism spectrum), to his patronage of Stacey‘s Smiles (supporting children with neuroblastoma), Louis continues to lead by example in an industry not often focused on giving back.

And as a new parent, his focus seems to remain on children through all of his charity work, including over £2,000,000 raised for the Believe in Magic Cinderella Ball for terminally ill children.

So, what’s next for Louis? Only he knows for sure. But it seems that despite his monumental success, he’s not ready to get off the roller coaster just yet. And, he remains as grateful today as he was as that scared kid in 2010.

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Words: MDRN MAG | Header Image: Louis Tomlinson on Instagram

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