'I couldn't say to you that I could definitely get a superstar writer in a session with me,' he said

By Ariana Bacle
June 25, 2017 at 01:03 PM EDT
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Since One Direction went on hiatus in 2016, four of its original members have made impressive, mostly successful steps toward establishing their respective solo careers: Both Zayn Malik and Harry Styles’ first albums debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. and U.S. charts, while recent singles from Niall Horan and Liam Payne have both cracked the Hot 100 and Top 40. Louis Tomlinson, though, has stayed mostly silent, save for a 2016 collaboration with Steve Aoki — and the former boy bander addressed the difference between he and his bandmates in a new profile in The Guardian.

In the interview, he called himself “forgettable, to a certain degree.” He went on to point out his fellow One Direction members’ strengths — Niall’s fearless, Zayn’s got the voice, Liam’s full of energy, and Harry’s the cool guy. “And then there’s me,” he concluded.

“I couldn’t say to you that I could definitely get a superstar writer in a session with me,” he said of post-One Direction life. “And I understand that. … Harry won’t struggle with any of that.”

He also spoke about the death of his mother, Johannah Deakin, who died in December 2016 after battling leukemia. “Sometimes my reservation, or my confidence, might have prevented me from doing something,” he said. “And I’ve needed a mum in the past to kick me up the arse and go: ‘You’re doing it.'”

According to The Guardian, Tomlinson will be releasing a new single titled “Back to You” soon. Read the full story here.