Whether you are a long-time fan of Louis Tomlinson from his time with One Direction or from his more recent appearances on X Factor as a judge, here’s the key facts you need to know about this talented, kind-hearted man.
Louis was born December 24, 1991 and is from Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England.
Louis appeared in several musical production in school including a starring role as Danny Zuko in Grease. In the clip below (which a young Louis posted himself on YouTube), he said, “I played Danny in the school musical of Grease so thought I'd add a few videos. Undoubtedly doing Grease was my proudest achievement. Please leave your honest opinions :) “ Little did he know what was to come!
After auditioning for X Factor in 2010, Louis was put together with Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik to make the boy band One Direction, but he had auditioned a total of 3 times for X Factor. During his recent X Factor judging gig, he said, “I auditioned for the X Factor 3 times, so I know how that rejection feels.”
Louis was given very few solos in the early years of One Direction. He took to songwriting, in part, to be able to make a larger contribution to the band.
He was often seen as the “leader” of One Direction, paying attention to the details and delivering the bad news. From an interview with The Guardian: “…Tomlinson discovered he was the one in the band who was most tuned into backstage logistics – the one who paid attention when “the 20th approval form” was passed around for a signature. “And if there was any bad news that needed giving to the label I’d always be designated to have the argument.”
Fans started Project No Control to promote the One Direction track, "No Control", which was written by Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. Fans set up a promotional effort that included tweeting radio stations to encourage them to play the song, as well as creating a sponsorship program that matched fans in need of a copy of the song with fans who were buying copies of the song to gift to other fans. Purchases of the song increased by 1,674 percent and the track took the #1 spot on Billboard's Trending Chart. It garnered 1 million U.S. streams during the week of the fan release. Said Louis of the project, "I think [the project] is ... just a perfect example of just how unique and incredible and passionate our fans are."
Louis gained confidence after he took on a larger role with the band following Zayn Malik’s departure from the band. He said, “In the last year of One Direction I was probably the most confident I ever was.”
Louis wrote on 37 of One Direction’s hits across their 5 albums and the Perfect EP, which included the fan favorite, Home.
He released "Just Hold On", with DJ Steve Aoki on 10 December 2016. The single debuted and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and reached number one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.
In July 2017, he released the single "Back to You" featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals. The song peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart and number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Just Like You” was released as a promotional single on October 11, 2017. "Just Like You" was the third solo release by Louis, but the first that featured no other artists. The song is slated to appear on Louis' debut solo album. The Lyric Video was released October 17, 2017. The Lyric Video received praise for featuring topics such as feminism, LGBTQ+ issues, Black Lives Matter, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and mental health in the articles that appeared in the background of the lyrics.
“Miss You" was released December 1, 2017. The music video was released December 8, 2017. The song was first performed live on the finale of The X Factor UK 2017 finale. The song was also performed on the Royal Variety Show. "Miss You' was the third official solo release and is slated to be on Louis' debut solo album.
Louis’ debut solo album is expected to come out later this year or early 2019.
Louis was announced as one of the judges for X Factor 2018 in July 2018. He is looking after the Boys Category this year. Louis has won praise for being a fair, sensible judge who gives good constructive criticism. Check out photos and videos of Louis as a judge on X Factor or read through our episode recaps.
Awards and Achievements
Although his geography teacher once told him, “You will never amount to anything,” according to reports, his net worth is approximately £53 million (almost $70 million).
Louis was named to the Debrett’s 500, a list of the 500 most influential people across several different sectors in the UK, in January 2017.
Louis was named Sirius Hits 1 Pop Prom King in 2017.
Louis won MTV EMA Best UK & Ireland Act 2017.
Louis won iHeartRadio Awards 2018, Best Solo Breakout.
Louis was named MTV's Pop Royalty King in 2018.
Louis won Choice Male Artist at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards.
Louis ran a pub football team called Three Horseshoes.
Louis and Three Horseshoes played a charity match to raise money for Blubell Wood Children’s Hospital.
In 2013, Tomlinson was signed as a footballer by Doncaster Rovers of the Football League Championship on a non-contract basis. He was given the squad number 28 for the 2013–14 season.
Louis and former chairman John Ryan attempted to take over as joint-owners of the Doncaster Rovers, but the deal fell through at the last minute.
Louis is highly involved in supporting charities and helping people in need. He is the patron of several charities such as Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospital, Eden Dora Trust, and Stacey’s Smiles. He’s also donated $10,000 to a fundraiser for Rylee Sanford, a child with Bilateral Close-lipped Schizencephaly and threw the Believe in Magic Cinderella Ball for terminally ill children. We recently featured Louis Tomlinson's Top 10 Most Charitable Moments. Louis also presented an NHS Hereos award to a young survivor of the Manchester bombing who had raised a large sum of money for the hospital that saved her life.
Outraged after reading bad press about Louis, the mom of one of the children he supported spoke out about Louis' philanthropy telling of how when he has a bad press day, his motto is, "...let's make someone happy today." The mom continued, "That’s the kind of man Louis is."
This video was made to support a fan fundraising drive in honor of Louis' 24th birthday. Four years later, fans are still going strong, raising almost $150,000 for charity in Louis' honor. To donate to the current fundraising drive, click here.