One Di­rec­tion fans dis­mayed by re­port Louis Tom­lin­son to be a fa­ther

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY ASH­LEY CHAN

One Di­rec­tion fans re­acted with dis­may Wed­nes­day to a re­port that band mem­ber Louis Tom­lin­son is to be­come a fa­ther.

Pub­li­cist Si­mon Jones de­clined to com­ment on a Peo­ple mag­a­zine re­port say­ing 23-yearold Tom­lin­son is ex­pect­ing a child with Amer­i­can stylist Bri­ana Jung­wirth.

Fans re­sponded on Twit­ter us­ing the hash­tag #OhNoLouis, and one wrote a song called “No Birth Con­trol” teas­ing the boy band star.

On the streets of Lon­don, re­ac­tion ranged from shock to dis­be­lief.

“Is it an ac­ci­dent?” said 16year-old Aus­tralian fan Tara Kay. “That’s crazy.”

Clara Fox­onet, a 16-year-old fan from France, re­fused to be­lieve it.

“It can’t be real! It’s not pos­si­ble,” she said.

Aus­tralian fan Kiri Deane-Spread Speir, 17, said the news was “a shock. But I am not go­ing to get an­gry ... If he is happy, I am happy.”

And 18-year-old Solveig Diers from Ger­many won­dered how the news would af­fect the band’s care­free im­age and its pop­u­lar­ity with teen and pre­teen girls.

“It doesn’t fit into their per­fect pic­ture of a boy group,” she said.

The chart-top­ping Bri­tish band was formed in 2010 af­ter five teenagers - Tom­lin­son, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Ho­ran and Zayn Ma­lik - au­di­tioned in­di­vid­u­ally for the Bri­tish TV tal­ent show “The X Fac­tor.” Si­mon Cow­ell had the idea of putting them to­gether as a boy band.

Ma­lik quit the group ear­lier this year.

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