One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson becomes father of baby boy

Louis Tomlinson performs at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Dec 4, 2015.
Louis Tomlinson performs at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Dec 4, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson announced on Saturday (Jan 23) he had become a father after stylist Briana Jungwirth gave birth to a baby boy.

"I'm pleased to say my baby son was born yesterday. He is healthy and pretty amazing. I'm very happy," Tomlinson tweeted.

He briefly dated Los Angeles-based Jungwirth in May 2015 after he broke up with his long term girlfriend Eleanor Calder.

News of the pregnancy broke in August.

The 24-year-old is the first member of four-piece British pop phenomenon One Direction to become a father.

The boy band have sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Put together for a British television singing contest in 2010, the group swiftly developed a giant, fiercely loyal following of young girls worldwide.

One Direction are on a hiatus for at least a year. When the break was announced, their enormous teenage following was left devastated.

The Sunday Times newspaper's Rich List 2015 reckoned the band members were worth £25 million (S$51 million) each.