One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson has finally confirmed the rumors – he is going to be a dad! The news first broke in July that the boy band heartthrob was expecting a baby with stylist Briana Jungwirth, but Tomlinson had yet to publicly comment or confirm.
During the band’s Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America, co-host Michael Strahan asked, “Louis, from one father to another I want to congratulate you on your upcoming fatherhood. So how are you feeling?” Tomlinson replied, “Thank you. Obviously it’s a very exciting time. So thank you.”
Tomlinson and Jungwirth are said to be close friends, but are not currently in a relationship. A source who first spilled the beans in July said, “It was a surprise at first, but he and Briana are very, very close friends and that has brought them even closer.”
One Direction’s creator, Simon Powell, shared some advice for Tomlinson, according to The Sun newspaper. “I said to him, ‘You man up. You’re fortunate because you’re in a position to be able to look after the baby and not worry too much about that.’..Louis has got great family around him and, look, it’s a plus, not a negative.”
The band released a surprise single, “Drag Me Down,” last Thursday. The song shot to No.1 in 82 countries and broke a Spotify one-day streaming record.