The mother, Briana Jungwirth, is a Los Angeles-based stylist whom Tomlinson met through mutual friends following his breakup from longtime girlfriend Eleanor Calder.
They aren’t in a romantic relationship, says People, but “their friendship is extremely strong and they are both really excited about the baby. It’s early days and Briana and the baby’s health are the most important things right now.” Tomlinson, 23, plans on being a “hands-on dad” though the news was admittedly “a suprise at first.”
Anyway, not to be hyperbolic, but Twitter basically exploded almost immediately with Directioners not knowing how to react to the news that the world is getting an honorary addition to the band currently on the U.S. leg of their On the Road Again tour.
First, there were the denials:
Then there were the fans entirely unable to cope with the news:
Then there were the “No Control” jokes:
Then the regular jokes:
And of course, there were the fans that had a dire misunderstanding of human biology:
Finally, there were the Liam girls:
Honorable mention: This 2012 tweet which fans have been gleefully (or mournfully) resurfacing:
How did you react to the news? Sound off below.