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It definitely came as no surprise to long-time fans of One Direction and long-time listeners of my radio show that Niall Horan is a “massive” fan of President Barack Obama. Horan revealed his admiration for the First Family during a chat on my show back in 2012; the aforementioned quote attributed to the singer became a popular Tumblr meme (only second to the GIF-able moment when Louis Tomlinson decided to crash our interview).


“I’m a big fan of their dad,” Horan told me as we talked about Malia and Sasha Obama, the President’s daughters, who at the time had recently just hung out with One Direction at a concert in Fairfax, Virginia. “They were sitting on the side of the stage, so I was waving at them.

“They’re just regular kids,” he continued. “They got to have a childhood and then they became ‘the President’s daughters.’”

Fans of Horan retweeted a clip of the interview that I had posted after the Irishman posted a message to Twitter about the Obama’s on Wednesday.

“Don’t get me started but I’m going to miss the obamas (sic),” he said online. “The nicest family on earth.”

Horan and his bandmates connected with Malia and Sasha at the Kids Choice Awards that year. The First Family said that if One Direction couldn’t make it to the White House, then the kids could go to one of their shows. So with Secret Service in tow, the daughters traveled out to the Patriot Center where they hung out with the guys backstage.

“We just had a conversation about everything,” Horan said. “It went from food to roller coasters to life to them having loads of security all the time.”

Which at least on some level, One Direction could relate to, although even Horan was taken aback by the Secret Service detail – which at the time struck me as one of the more surprising moments of our interview.


Louis Tomlinson is the latest One Direction bandmate to release music during the 1D-hiatus, but the single has resonated on a different level with the ever-passionate One Direction fandom.

The 24 year-old teamed up with DJ/producer Steve Aoki for the song, “Just Hold On.” Tomlinson offered an emotional performance of the track on “The X-Factor” in the UK following the death of his mother Johannah Deakin, who passed after a battle with Leukemia on December 7. The appearance was booked prior to her passing.

Photo: instagram.com/louist91/

Photo: instagram.com/louist91/

Now, similar to what “Directioners” attempted with the songs “No Control” and “Home,” fans are mobilizing online and lobbying radio stations to spin the single. The difference is that in addition to raising chart positions, the group is hoping to raise awareness for a handful of charities near to both Tomlinson and Aoki’s hearts.

“It just seems like a tribute,” said Lexi Preddie, one of the fans in the U.S. behind the movement. She is managing the Twitter account “@ProjectJHoldOn” which is keeping others informed on the latest news and figures regarding the track. “The things that (Tomlinson) sings in the song, it sounds like things (his mom) had said to the fans.

“She almost felt like a mother-figure to us, because she just was always spreading positivity.”

Now the fandom is spreading the word on the song, hoping in the process to shine a light on Eden Dora Trust, Believe In Magic, Leukemia Awareness/Bloodwise and The Aoki Foundation.

On Tuesday, Johannah’s husband Dan took to her Twitter account to send one final message to the fans.

“She wanted to thank you all, and to let you know that you have been amazing right from the start,” he relayed. “You changed Louis’ life, but also her life. Your support now is as strong if not stronger than ever.”

One Direction learned last week that American media can rival European outlets in aggressiveness when it comes to prying open the personal space of celebrities.

The boy band performed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” for the show’s summer concert series in Central Park, a day ahead of headlining MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In addition to singing the new single, “Drag Me Down,” all four gentlemen sat down for an interview with hosts Michael Strahan and Lara Spencer.

It was a rather run-of-the-mill interview until about two and a half minutes in.

“Well I gotta say Louis, from one father to another, I want to congratulate you on your upcoming fatherhood,” Strahan lobbed in the direction of Louis Tomlinson. People Magazine reported a few weeks ago that Tomlinson was expecting a child with Los Angeles stylist Briana Jungwirth. Despite a number of outlets following suit with various updates citing numerous sources, the closest anyone got to a confirmation was a radio interview in which band mate Liam Payne said how excited he was for Tomlinson.

But last Tuesday, the collective reaction of 1D told the story: the guys looked stunned, and clearly were taken aback that Strahan would force Tomlinson to confirm the news in front of a live, national TV audience.

“Thank you,” the singer replied. “Obviously it’s a very exciting time so I’m buzzing. Thank you.”

The guys then went over six seconds – feeling closer to eternity – without speaking. Spencer broke the silence by noting Harry Styles seemed a little quiet.

“No!” he shot back, sitting straight up in his chair. “I’m having a great time.”

Waking up at the crack of dawn to perform on a show, only to have two of the show’s hosts attempt to get your best friend to break his silence on a pregnancy sounds like a lovely way to spend a Tuesday morning.

We don’t know how far along Jungwirth is in her pregnancy, nor do we know if she has had any complications to this point. I pray she has not, but regardless it’s none of our business. And if Strahan really wanted to congratulate Tomlinson “from one father to another,” he would have done so from one man to another, when the cameras weren’t rolling.

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