As Tomlinson helped contestant Brendan Murray prepare for his first X-Factor show, Murray admitted to Tomlinson that he joined a boy band at 16 and was disappointed that they failed to become successful.
“I get it,” Tomlinson responded. “I used to be in a band. You want to move on from it.”
Tomlinson’s allusion to the fact that the band’s supposed hiatus might be a lot more permanent than One Direction fans thought sent them into a frenzy on Twitter.
The X-Factor formed One Direction in 2010, and sent them skyrocketing to fame. The band went on hiatus after their last performance in December 2015, with Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik all going on to pursue solo careers. However, the band never ruled out getting together again at some point in the future. Even Tomlinson’s Twitter bio still reads, “1/4 of One Direction.”
Check out Tomlinson’s X-Factor comment and a few reactions from Directioners below.
Louis Tomlinson says that he ‘used’ to be in 1D and the fanbase has gone mental like: pic.twitter.com/Ds7TpTiC4A
— Joe (@walshy1997) October 21, 2018
When Louis said he was in a band and wants to move on from it pic.twitter.com/qM8fcx9E4q
— jae (@yeejaee) October 21, 2018
You literally ripped our hearts out saying “I used to be in a band”
— LouisTomlinson91Fan (@LouisT91Fan) October 21, 2018
I USED TO BE IN A BAND? LOUIS WILLIAM TOMLINSON YOU TAKE THAT BACK RIGHT NOW
— Chloe —- (@oneolddirection) October 20, 2018
‘ I used to be in a band and I get it you wanna get away from it ‘- Louis Tomlinson
That hurt a lot like a lot lot
— Kissy Yasmine — (@yassybri) October 20, 2018