Hi! I hope you don't mind me asking but when you said "Simon's obsession with him is not normal" what do you mean? I'm a bit new to all this and get a bit confused with the history :-) x
I think of my friends, @ot5alwaysinmyheart has the best posts on this.
Savan Kotecha’s interview (http://andthewriteris.libsyn.com/ep-2-savan-kotecha) heavily implied that Louis led the band in rebelling against the bubblegum pop music of their first two albums, toward a more mature, complex, rock-influenced sound. Louis also fought for the boys to be more engaged and involved in their songwriting process, possibly causing a rift between Savan and management, to the point that Savan left 1D (or was fired) in 2013.
I think that through the years, the boys realized that management not only cut into their revenue significantly (especially Simon Cowell, who profited more than any of them from their albums and tours), but also mismanaged their public images and overworked them to the point that it quickly became intolerable. They collectively decided not to sign with Syco after their contract expired, but Louis was always seen as their leader. More than once, the boys attested to his role.
In 2015, when Syco was in the process of selling majority shares to Sony (once 1D left, the fall in Syco’s revenue was anticipated to be more than 50% of years past, and Simon’s efforts to find a replacement act had been unsuccessful), we began to see the babygate play out. Who knows why this narrative started… perhaps it was simply PR for Louis, not the best known member of the band.
We also had news articles (from the Sun and DM) of Louis being a guest judge on X Factor UK, possibly joining the judges panel on America’s Got Talent for 2016 (it didn’t happen), and developing an imprint, Triple Strings, with Syco, in order to develop his own acts.
We also had an interview from Simon (on October 20, 2015, the day of the cancelled Belfast concert) on “advice for new dad-to-be Louis Tomlinson,” telling him to “embrace the experience.” This was at a time when Louis looked like he’d rather eat glass than discuss BG. Simon was quoted as saying that Louis had asked him to be his baby’s godfather.
It was during one of the last OTRA concerts in the U.K. when the boys dissed Simon onstage (“No more, Simon!”).
Since the hiatus, Simon’s target has been firmly clamped on Louis. Louis is the only one signed to Syco, SJPR, JGG– all associated with 1DHQ.
If you read @ot5alwaysinmyheart’s blog, you’ll find better and fuller explanations.