Louis Tomlinson has dealt with unimaginable loss over the past three years, but in a new interview with U.K.'s The Guardian, he says he's been able to find strength through the dark times.
"That whole dark side I've gone through, it sounds stupid to say, but it gives me strength everywhere else in my life, because that's the darkest s--- that I'm going to have to deal with," he shared.
"So it makes everything else, not feel easier and not less important, but, in the grand scheme of things, you see things for what they are, I suppose," he added.
Tomlinson – who's the oldest of seven children -- said there's no time to sit around feeling sorry for himself, and he doesn't want anyone else to feel sorry for him either.
He added that the tragedies have taught him that he's able to "see the glass half-full no matter what."
"I've been to rock bottom and I feel like, whatever my career's going to throw in front of me, it's going to be nothing as big or as emotionally heavy as that," he said. "So, weirdly, I've turned something that's really dark into something that empowers me, makes me stronger."
Tomlinson's latest single, "Kill My Mind," is out now.
His debut album is due out next year.