How NOT to Interview Louis Tomlinson

We’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again: a high-profile guest walking out on their primetime interview, usually because of something the interviewer said.

It happened just the other day, when former One Direction heartthrob Louis Tomlinson was invited to join BBC Breakfast. Louis, who went through an intensely painful period of his life last year when his mother and sister both died in close succession, wasn’t there to talk about his personal life. He has a new studio album out called Walls, and is currently promoting it worldwide.

Instead of talking about his new music (which, for the record, might remind one of a modern-day Oasis), the interviewer asked him about this difficult time. Louis decided that crossed a line, and afterwards took to Twitter:

Interestingly, the interviewer didn’t seem to understand what the problem was:

Louis replied:

Now it’s time for a little self-insert. I, too, learned this lesson the hard way in an interview with a singer named Alex Clare, a number of years ago. But that’s the kind of mistake you only make once.

Therefore, I won’t use this article as a platform to shame Dan Walker from BBC Breakfast – I’m sure most of his guests are thrilled with their interviews. But surely Mr. Walker will consider, in upcoming conversations, trying to separate the music from the pain, even if those hard times inspired the songs.

If so, then good for him. If not, then at least Louis spoke his mind and make sure future interviewers, DJs, and TV hosts know where the line should be drawn.