One Direction fans have erupted in a mix of joy, devastation and confusion after reports Louis Tomlinson is set to become a father, according to the Mail Online.
People magazine and The Sun newspaper reported late on Monday evening that the 23-year-old singer was set to become a first time dad following a brief romance with stylist Briana Jungwirth in May.
The couple aren’t believed to be in a romance any more, but are ‘very, very close friends’, with Louis preparing to buy a home in California so he has a base close to Briana and their future child, which is expected in early 2016.
Within hours of the news breaking on Twitter, ‘Louis Tomlinson’, ‘Briana’ and ‘OhNoLouis’ were trending on the micro-blogging site.
One fan named @1DLouis36 tweeted: ‘@Louis_Tomlinson can you please come online and slay these rumors pllleeeeeaaaassse #OhNoLouis.’
Another under the handle @TorieRAWR wrote: ‘#OhNoLouis and No Birth Control. Kill me guys what is going on. @Louis_Tomlinson.’
One fan declared she would go into mourning if the report turned out to be true: ‘If the @Louis_Tomlinson rumors r true i may just hide under my bed nd mourn. i legit cnt handle this anymore #OhNoLouis #LOUISISADAD.’
Even some celebrities were weighing in with their opinions on the big news, with I’m A Celebrity star Nicola McLean commenting Louis was adding to a ‘baby boom’: Now Louis from 1D is haivng a baby with nice friend. It’s a boom.’
Former The Only Way Is Essex star Maria Fowler found the whole report fairly humorous, writing: Louis Tomlinson’s baby with his gf of 2 months was a surprise… Haha I bet it was.’
One Twitter account under the handle @BrianaJungwirth – which has since been suspended after People claimed she did not have a social media presence – was bombarded with abuse by some of Louis’s fans.
One fan demanded she confirm or deny the news, writing: ‘@BrianaJungwirth are you kidding me? You can’t prove to a fandom your reAl? Your the freaking mother of Louis’ child we deserve to know.’
Another was stronger with their accusations: ‘@BrianaJungwirth if you weren’t interested in attention you would say right away if you are or not pregnant!’