It’’s been a week. Big and small things I appreciated from Louis’ interview:
Journalist making mention of Louis going out to blow off steam/stress. It wasn’t a profound statement. Just a simple and a refreshing one because of its lack of judgement. His partying is often used as a weapon to paint him as apathetic or selfish. But the reality is that there are times when he just wants to lose himself a bit and chill with his friends like any typical twenty-something. Footage we’ve seen in the past couple of years has been low-key, intimate and verging on lame dad territory with his choice of outfits and dorky dancing. He’s not in denial or in the throws of a public breakdown every time we see him out. He’s just a normal guy.
His wry acknowledgement that smoking is bad. I’m sure people are in his ear constantly. He doesn’t patronize anyone or get overly defensive about a shitty habit, and he gave me a bit more understanding and empathy for why he indulges.
“That would be conceding”. Depending on your thoughts on Louis, this line was either heartbreaking or hopeful or both. It’s not a surprise to Louis, the industry or to the fandom that his voice is technically the weakest, the shakiest live and the crux of some of his insecurities. But it’s also beautiful and soulful and powerful on its own. To the point where his one line from a charity tribute can bring me to my knees. Can Louis produce a quality, successful solo album? We shall see. Outside of being curious, I genuinely can’t wait to find out. Should he produce a solo album just to prove something? For himself, yes. Absolutely. And it’s beautiful and stunning to watch him work through this in such an honest, public and sincere way.
He hopes his music will add another layer of humanity and show a truer, fuller version of himself. That wasn’t part of the four main reasons the journalist chose to highlight for going solo in the article, but it was the comment that made me sit up and take notice. It’s different to anything Louis has said in the past. Not only was he responding to being a play thing/object for fanatical fans, but he was giving us a clue into his music. Honest, sensitive, introspective, explicit. Louis in a nutshell.
“This is the shit I think about.” Be it rags to riches, class and fame, the music industry, one direction, the value of hard work or his family/mom, it was lovely to see Louis get to show more of his thoughtful side because he never just thinks about himself. He’s also processing the broader goal/objective, the other players, and the world around him. There are different types of intelligence, and his quickness/sharpness/astuteness, business savvy, manner of speaking/delivery when he’s being serious as well as his social/emotional/people IQ has always impressed the shit out of me.
That he somehow made fucking slippers and sweatpants hot. I have and will continue to rail against this hobo chic sports aesthetic, but the bitch gives no fucks. Louis served face and fierceness and understated beauty in those pictures and made me lap that shit up with a smile on my face. Well played.
“my son who I love so much.” Not much to add there. This wasn’t a cutesy article about lad and dad, but damn if Louis is not going to acknowledge the obvious.
The fact that the people who were quick to accuse Louis of playing the pity card secretly had to ponder his depth, heart and humanity.