He is the oldest member of the group. Louis is currently signed as a solo artist to Syco Music and Epic Records. Louis released his debut solo single, Just Hold On , on December 10, , and is currently working on his debut album. His parents split when Louis was just ten days old. Louis has five younger half-sisters and a younger half-brother by his mother: He has one younger half-sister, Georgia, by his father.
Mark and Johannah divorced in Johannah then remarried to Daniel Deakin in While he was a student at Hall Cross, Louis starred in several Scholastic musical productions at this school, including Grease, which sparked his interest in performing.
Musical Career Main article: Corden has spoken about spending time between takes playing football with Louis, as he was one of the only kids on set. It was his third time auditioning for the reality talent show, and his first time proceeding to the televised judges stage contestants are first required to audition for producers in order to perform for the celebrity judges. Louis received three out of three "yes"s from the judges, and qualified to the next round.
He revealed in One Direction's concert film This Is Us that he was not happy with his audition and felt it was "terrible". He also revealed he had hoped he would be put into a group, as he did not think he was a strong enough soloist. Louis's mother took the first ever photo of One Direction as a formed group, on July 23, One Direction placed third in the overall competition, signed a recording contract with Simon Cowell's Syco Music soon after, and released five best-selling albums between and The track doubled as a tribute to Louis's mother, Johannah Deakin , who passed away after a battle with cancer three days before the song's release.
The song reached the top 10 in the United Kingdom and was a top 30 single worldwide. Louis is currently working on his debut album, which he has said will document his life from mid onward. Throughout , Louis built the profile of an pop-punk girl band now disbanded , and cross-promoted English independent group High Tyde. In June , it was initially reported Louis had signed a solo record deal with RCA Records, however the following month, it was confirmed he had signed with Epic Records instead.
He remains signed to Syco Music in the United Kingdom. Louis and Liam lent their voices to a Family Guy episode cameo, which aired on May 15, Louis competed alongside Niall in Soccer Aid 's charity match.
Louis was one of the featured vocalists on the Artists for Grefwell charity single " Bridge Over Troubled Water ", along with Liam. In particular, he has worked closely over the years with the Eden Dora Trust, which helps children suffering from Encephalitis. In , Louis participated in a charity football match, held a Cinderella ball for terminally ill children in collaboration with charity Believe In Magic , in which he raised over 7 million dollars, and became the official patron for the Stacey Mowie Appeal.
In January , a journalist interviewed a family Louis had worked closely with, where they praised him for his admirable dedication to providing for them and their terminally ill son . Football Louis is a part-time contract-based football player for the Doncaster Rovers. He played various matches throughout England won and over 5. Walker attended Hall Cross Academy with Louis, and they met through the school's production of Grease.
Louis and Hannah are believed to have split in July , after the Daily Mail published a statement saying "All the lads are now young, free and single to concentrate on recording their debut album and promote their new single. Eleanor Calder It is unconfirmed how Louis and Eleanor officially met, with initial reports stating Harry Styles introduced them. However, a fan discovered Eleanor went to university with the son of Harry MacGee, co-founder of One Direction's former management team, Modest Management.
Louis and Eleanor's first public outing together was 14 September , to celebrate Niall's birthday. Louis confirmed they were dating in an October interview . People Magazine confirmed in March that, after four years together, Eleanor and Louis had split . Neither publicly spoke about the split though Louis confirmed he was single two months later during an interview on James Corden 's The Late Late Show.
The pair rekindled their relationship in January Louis has told various media outlets that his debut album will document the time they spent apart and how he reunited with her. He confirmed his song " Miss You " is about Eleanor. Louis was photographed partying with Briana once in February , then three more times in early May . Louis confirmed the pregnancy on Good Morning America a few weeks later. Louis confirmed the birth via Twitter saying, "I'm pleased to say my baby son was born yesterday.
He is healthy and pretty amazing. Louis and Briana appeared to have a rocky relationship shortly after their son's birth, with members of both families clashing publicly numerous times   . In June , Louis filed for joint custody of Freddie  , though any further developments in the case were not publicised. Louis's publicists confirmed and asked for privacy, stating "Louis appreciates, respects and values his relationship with the media and we hope he and his son are afforded the same respect on this matter.
The pair were first photographed together in December , but officially confirmed their relationship four months later. It is unknown if she met the rest of One Direction, aside from Niall, who posted a photo with Danielle and Louis to his Instagram in June Danielle was photographed holding the baby at a beach on July 12, Shortly after the photos were released, Jungwirth tweeted "You can pretend all you want but you will NEVER be my baby son's mother  ".
She later deleted the tweet. Danielle was in attendance for Louis's debut solo performance on X Factor, on December 10, Controversies In unexplained circumstances, during One Direction 's time on X Factor, Louis was mysteriously sent home by producers for a week.
Police were also called one week when it appeared Louis had gone missing, but it was found he had gone home to see family without informing anyone. The rumours began when they announced they had made plans in to move in together after finishing filming The X Factor. Their mothers often tweeted about how close the pair were, with Louis's mother once referring to Harry as Louis's husband.
The speculation only increased when rumours of Louis dating a woman began to surface. Many fans believed it signified he and Harry had been forcibly closeted.
Past boy bands have had closeted gay members who hid their sexuality, for fear of angering heterosexual female fans. Louis's tweet to Harry is currently the third most retweeted of all time with over 2 million retweets. Neither Harry or Louis have ever addressed the tweet. An interview was published where Louis reasoned that the speculation was ruining his friendship with Harry.
In September , he tweeted a fan saying "How's this? Larry is the biggest load of bullshit I've ever heard. I'm happy, why can't you accept that? Louis has never publicly addressed the tweet. In early , Harry ended his relationship with TV host Caroline Flack and rumors of him moving out of he and Louis's rental began surfacing.
Fans noted throughout the year that Harry and Louis were not publicly interacting as often as they used to, and had stopped interacting on social media. Over the next three years, denials of a hidden relationship were continually issued by Louis. From early to mid , Harry and Louis were not seen together at all outside of work commitments. As of , Harry and Louis's friendship appeared intact, but careful. Louis stated Zayn's departure from the band had brought the four remaining members much closer together again.
It is unknown if Harry and Louis made contact throughout , however Harry was in attendance for Louis's first solo performance on The X Factor, on December 10, , along with Liam and Niall. Louis wished Harry a happy birthday on Twitter on February 1, , his first online interaction toward Harry in four years. In June , Louis expressed his condolences to Harry and his family on Twitter, after Harry's stepfather lost his battle with cancer. In July , Louis spoke at length about the speculation surrounding he and Harry, stating: People can believe what they want to believe, but I think it comes across sometimes a little bit disrespectful to the ones I love, like Eleanor.
It's one of these things that people just love to buy into but, in reality, obviously, there's no truth to it. When it first came around, I was with Eleanor, and it actually felt a little bit disrespectful.
So it created this atmosphere between the two of us where everyone was looking into everything we did. It took away the vibe you get off anyone. It made everything, I think on both fences, a little bit more unapproachable. I think it shows that it was never anything real, if I can use that word. The band had previously made fun of Harry Styles after he was overcome with stage fright during a performance, and both bands remained at odds ever since. Zayn Malik and Liam, and eventually Eleanor all came to Louis's defence during a particularly nasty spat .
In , The Wanted split up and blamed the bad publicity from their rivalry with One Direction as the reason they called it quits.
Zayn can be heard criticizing One Direction's official merchandise, saying both the band and the fans are sick of shallow products solely catering solely to a young audience, and wishing they could do more artistic ventures. Louis can allegedly be heard uttering several racial slurs throughout the video. Neither Louis or Zayn have ever publicly addressed the video but Liam took to Twitter a few days after it surfaced to apologize for them. In November, Louis lashed out on Twitter at a journalist who wrote an article about a rainbow Apple logo shirt he had recently worn .
The journalist interpreted this as a sign of support for Apple CEO Tim Cook who had come out as gay the previous week. Louis appeared to interpret the article as speculating his own sexuality and tweeted "I am in fact straight!
Louis lashed out at Naughty Boy after several tweets from the producer appeared to be gloating about Zayn's exit from the band as a "win" for him. Naughty Boy responded to Louis's tweet with various insults about his talent before leaking a solo demo of Zayn's titled "I Won't Mind".
Weeks later, Liam uploaded video of a bad karaoke singer captioned "New replacement member" to Instagram.