Through thick and thin they will be there.
That’s what One Direction fans did to singer and songwriter Louis Tomlinson as he slams "painful" BBC interview after being probed on grief over the deaths of his mother and sister.
Fans backed Louis, 28, after he tweeted to criticize the interview questions of the BBC last Monday morning.
Tomlinson was invited to be interviewed at BBC Breakfast to speak about the release of his debut album Walls, but during the interview he was asked by Dan Walker and Louise Minchin, hosts, about how he had dealt with personal grief.
It can be recalled that Tomlinson’s mother, Johannah Deakin, passed away in December 2016 after a battle with leukaemia; and his sister, Félicité, was found dead in her London home after an accidental overdose in March 2019.
When the interview aired, fans noticed that Tomlinson was uncomfortable to the questions of journalists Walker and Minchin.
One of Directioners wrote:
“Wow.... so the BBC Breakfast was multiple of times disrespectful... I would just have gotten up and left. You don’t need this @Louis_Tomlinson I love you."
“That Louis Tomlinson interview on BBC Breakfast is disgraceful. Poor questions being asked by the presenters to then fuel click bait articles & videos, playing on a man’s personal issues. Well-handled @Louis_Tomlinson, you always conduct yourself gracefully. Respect."
And a third wrote:
“@Louis_Tomlinson I’m so sorry that you were put through this uncomfortable and triggering situation this morning but I’m so proud of you for the way you handled it and for the way that you’ve been honest and brave regarding your feelings.”
Tomlinson thanks his supporters and revealed he would not return to the show in a tweet which read:
“Defo wont be going on there again Haha! Love to all my fans for always having my back”.
Walker then replied Tomlinson about his tweet and said:
“Sorry you feel like that. It was nice to speak to you on #BBCBreakfast this morning. Can I ask what you are upset about?”
And Tomlinson answered:
“I'm lucky enough to have a creative outlet for me to talk about grief this doesn't however give you the right to talk about it for gossip purposes.”
“Hi Louis. We were asking you about the song on your new album about your mum. We know it’s painful which is why we didn’t dwell on it. No intention to upset you or be ‘gossipy’ about it at all. That’s not our style on #BBCBreakfast.”
Directioners then backed Tomlinson, and asked Walker:
“So, you know it's a painful question but did ask it anyway? And you're proud that you "didn't dwell on it"? "no intention to upset you" - what else did you think would this question do to him? Maybe just apologize and stop to make it worse with writing things like the ones above.“
A second added:
“u don't have to explain yourself Louis, people are awful, i'm so sorry.. We love you so much, stay strong!”
One fan continued:
“Much respect that you kept your cool during the interview! Not everyone would've been able to do that. But it's a good thing you won't be going back there, they aren't worth your time”.
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