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Louis Tomlinson admits 1D split was ‘uncomfortable but well-timed’

Two years and some solo success has given the father-of-one some new perspective on the split.

Singer Louis Tomlinson has described the One Direction split as “uncomfortable” but admitted it was about time the world-famous boy band took a break.

After more than a year of success as a solo artist, Tomlinson told how he now feels the X Factor winners’ decision to go on hiatus in 2015 was the right thing to do.

His comments came hours after he released the video to his single Back To You, in collaboration with Bebe Rexha.

Speaking about the boyband break-up, he told the Sun newspaper: “It was an uncomfortable time more than anything.

“It made those situations a little bit difficult because I felt like I really was building up confidence in myself and in my place within the band and as a songwriter in the band.”

The father-of-one, 25, said it was “difficult to accept” when the five friends reached a point where they had to make “selfish decisions”.

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The boys in 2015 (PA)

But, two years later, he continued: “I think the market and the fans and everyone had had so much of One Direction that regardless of any individual ventures, the market could do with a two, three, or however long break away from us.”

Last year, Tomlinson scored a chart number one with his single Just Hold On, in collaboration with Steve Aoke.

Fellow One Direction singers Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne have also seen success with their own solo music careers.

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