The boyband singer confessed that he likes girls who play hard-to-get and that he does not get disheartened if he is turned down.
The Daily Star quotes him as saying: "I'm a sucker for that. If they turn me down, I'd keep trying until it got a bit silly.
"I'm not one of those guys who would be like, 'Well, see you later then'."
Tomlinson's fellow bandmate Liam Payne backed him in his attitude towards dating, saying some girls play games with guys before they date them.
Payne, who is dating dancer Danielle Peazer, added: "You have to keep trying because you don't know if they're playing games, they might be testing you to see if you really care about them."