One Direction fans were left saying: “Pull the other one” last night after it was revealed Louis Tomlinson is expecting his first child.
The fandom didn’t believe the news, which the star is yet to publicly confirm, because he’d joked about becoming a dad THREE years ago on April Fool’s Day.
Louis tweeted to his millions of followers on April 1, 2012: “Can’t believe I’m going to be a Dad! Wow!!”
He later admitted it was an April Fool’s Day joke after pretty much every teenage girl in the world almost suffered a heart attack.
The shock message was re-tweeted more than 165,000 times and gossip bloggerPerez Hilton even fell for the joke, telling him: “Congrats!!!!”
Directioners last night found the message in the Twitter archives and re-posted it calling it “relevant” while others thought Louis was once again fooling around.
One wrote on the site: “3 years later and the joke is taken out of proportion,” while another added: “The world is going into meltdown already Hopefully it’s a late April Fools joke @ Louis_Tomlinson.”
A third told the star: “Please tell me this is not true and it’s all a joke #OhNoLouis LOUIS TOMLINSON @LouisTomlinson #LouisIsGoingToBeADad.”
The Midnight Memories hitmaker, who only split from long-term girlfriend Eleanor Calder in March, is reportedly “very excited” that Los Angeles-based stylist Briana is expecting his baby even though “they aren’t in a relationship.”
A source close to the pair, who were spotted on a number of dates in May, said: “Louis is happy and very excited about becoming a dad and he thinks Briana will be an amazing mother.”
The insider added: “It was a surprise at first, but he and Briana are very, very close friends and this has brought them even closer.”
They also told People.com that the Story of My Life singer has vowed to be a “hands-on dad” when the baby is born early next year.