Louis Tomlinson's late mother asked James Corden to look after One Direction
In case you didn’t know, those One Direction boys were incredibly young when they hit the big time, with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik ranging from 16 to 18 years old when they shot to fame after appearing on The X Factor back in 2010.
As you can imagine, letting their teen boys fly the nest for a career in showbiz was pretty bloomin’ tough for 1D’s parents, and now James Corden has poignantly revealed that Louis’ late mother, Johannah Deakin, reached out to him and his now-wife, Julia, when Louis first moved to London, asking him to keep an eye on the boys.
How adorable is that?
Speaking about the band’s early days, James explained: “I knew Louis because his mum was a chaperone on a TV show I’d done, she would look after the young kids on the show.
“She reached out to me and said, ‘My son is in London, and he doesn’t know anyone can I just give him your number in case something happens?’ and I said, ‘Of course.’
“And so they would come over to our house, and we’d have pizza and play Fifa, and my wife would feel like she was babysitting all of us and this was before I got married.”
Sadly, Louis’ mum tragically passed away in December 2016 following a short battle with leukaemia, with Louis bravely going on to perform his debut solo single, ‘Just Hold On’, with collaborator Steve Aoki on The X Factor just three days after her death.
James’ close friendship with the boys has lasted the distance, with Harry Styles due to enjoy a week-long residency on James’ ‘Late Late Show’ in America next week to promote his debut solo album.
Speaking about Harry’s upcoming stint, James told Entertainment Tonight: “Well, you’ve got to have known us for a very long time, as we’ve known young Harold since he was 17 years old…
“Harry was at my wedding, and I love him dearly, I love him absolutely dearly, and I’m so proud.”
And James certainly isn’t the only one.
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