Louis Tomlinson says he’ll never return to BBC Breakfast again after his appearance on Monday.
Tomlinson was on the show to promote his new album “Walls” when he was asked about the deaths of his mom Johannah Deakin in December 2016 and sister Félicité in March 2019.
Louis was talking about his songwriting process and writing from his life experiences, when he was asked, “Do you feel that at some stage that, ‘Oh, I’ve put too much of yourself in there,’ or is that part of helping you in writing that way, about the loss of your mother and your sister and other things?”
Tomlinson hinted he was uncomfortable with the line of questioning, telling the hosts: “I’ve just released my first album, that’s what we’re here for.”
When the presenters raised the possibility of a One Direction reunion, Tomlinson said: “You’ve ticked them all off – trauma, Zayn and we’re finally on this one,” before conceding and saying: “It’s inevitable. I don’t know when. We’d be stupid not to get back together.”
After the segment aired, Tomlinson told his 33.5 million Twitter followers: “Defo won’t be going on there again Haha! Love to all my fans for always having my back.”
Later Louis got into a Twitter back-and-forth with one of the show’s hosts and he further explained his position. “I was upset that you continued to ask me about my grief. It goes without saying how hard it is to lose both people so close to me. The least I ask is that you respect my decision of not wanting to be asked in interviews about something so painful,” Louis said.
The 28-year-old singer-songwriter went on to say: “I’m lucky enough to have a creative outlet for me to talk about grief this doesn’t however, give you the right to talk about it for gossip purposes.”
The BBC defended the interview, saying the line of questioning was fair. A spokesperson said: “We wanted to cover all aspects of Louis’ life that have influenced his new album and feel the questioning was fair.”
Tomlinson’s mother died of leukemia in December 2016, and he lost his 18-year-old sister to an accidental drug overdose last March.