Sam Quek blasted for asking tearful Harry Styles for a selfie

Stephanie Soteriou

Last night, Louis Tomlinson took to the stage to make his debut as a solo artist, just three days after losing his mother, Johannah Deakin to leukaemia.

The 24-year-old star was supported by his One Direction bandmates, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, who dropped everything so that they could be backstage at Wembley Arena with Louis, opting to keep a low-profile so not to detract attention away from their grieving friend.

Harry looked tearful in Sam's photo.
Harry looked tearful in Sam’s photo.

In fact, the boys kept such a low profile that there is only one piece of evidence that they were even there at all – a photo of Harry Styles alongside Olympic athlete and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here contestant, Sam Quek.

Sam was a guest on X Factor’s sister programme, The Xtra Factor, last night, and appeared to go on a bit of a selfie-hunting spree with all of the celebs in the studio.

Posting a photo with Simon Cowell, Sam admitted that she was “in total fan girl mode”, also freaking out as she shared a pic with judge Nicole Scherzinger.

Harry was at the X Factor final to support Louis.
Harry was at the X Factor final to support Louis.

However, it was her snap with Harry that has sparked backlash, with Sam gushing: “So… no biggy or anything but this just happened…” in the image’s caption.

In the snap, Harry looks understandably tearful, with the star being incredibly close to Louis’ late mother, who passed away on Wednesday.

In fact, Johannah once took to Twitter to refer to Harry as her “adopted son” and he – alongside his fellow One Direction bandmates – also attended her wedding to Dan Deakin.

Harry was incredibly close to Johannah.
Harry was incredibly close to Johannah.

Which is why fans are absolutely fuming with Sam for asking the emotional star for a selfie, especially considering he wasn’t at the X Factor as a guest but to support Louis and show his respect to the Tomlinson-Deakin family.

Taking to Twitter, they seethed:

Sam has not yet responded to the backlash.