One Direction star Louis Tomlinson becomes a father
One Direction fans have gone wild over the news that Louis Tomlinson has become a father for the first time.
The 24-year-old member of the boy group was expecting a baby with his former flame Briana Jungwirth.
And on Friday (NZT) 23-year-old Jungwirth announced via Twitter the arrival of their son.
"Hey little boy, welcome to the family," she wrote.
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"Thank you so much for all the support you have given me the last 9 months. It truly means a lot to me, I couldn't thank you guys enough," Jungwirth said in a later post.
While Tomlinson had not officially confirmed the arrival of his son, he did post that he was having trouble sleeping, leading fans to speculate it was due to the excitement of becoming a father.
People magazine said a mutual friend of the pair had confirmed the birth of the baby boy.
Hey little boy, welcome to the family. 👶🏼— Briana Jungwirth (@BrianaJungwi) January 22, 2016
Thank you so much for all the support you have given me the last 9 months. It truly means a lot to me, I couldn't thank you guys enough. 💞— Briana Jungwirth (@BrianaJungwi) January 22, 2016
"Louis is happy and very excited about becoming a dad and he thinks Briana will be an amazing mother," the friend reportedly said.
"It was a surprise at first, but he and Briana are very, very close friends and this has brought them even closer."
One Direction's dedicated fanbase went into overdrive following the news.
Tweets offering congratulations to Tomlinson and the Los Angeles-based stylist flowed thick and fast.
Meanwhile, 1D fan account @1DExclusiveInfo claimed Jungwirth's grandmother had confirmed the baby was a boy.
The post from Marianna Case, who claims to be Briana's grandmother, says: "Louis just let Ur heart dance. U now have another you. A gift that will want to be just like YOU.
Can't sleeeeeeep— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) January 20, 2016
"Love him & my young grandchild that gave him to you. LET her know she's special. She just wanted to love U not even knowing who U were or your profile Ur & reputation. Be free & just LIVE. It's simple. Not complex (sic)."
Louis has recently relocated to Los Angeles and the Daily Mail reported that a friend of the British popstar said he planned to be a hands-on dad.
"Although they're not romantically involved, Louis thinks Briana is a great woman and will be a fabulous mother.
Briana's grandmother confirmed that the baby is a boy— . (@1DExclusiveInfo) January 22, 2016
"Louis has been helping Briana financially and is prepared to get stuck in with all the tasks that caring for a baby demands," the friend said.
A very lucky baby boy was born today! Congratulations @Louis_Tomlinson I know you'll be a perfect dad😊— Hailey Wallace (@10haileywallace) January 22, 2016
Congratulations to @Louis_Tomlinson Father of the baby boy 👶— Hendall's MySoul (@DimpleLovelyBoy) January 22, 2016
If this is true that the baby is born @Louis_Tomlinson I wish you all the best,your gonna be a great father,can't wait for pics 🙊— Louis Tomlinson (@AllThingsLTommo) January 22, 2016