'I am just devastated': One Direction's Louis defends himself against bizarre Twitter campaign to get him back with first girlfriend
13:05 GMT, 28 April 2012
New girlfriend: Louis Tomlinson has been dating Eleanor Calder for the past six months
Louis Tomlinson has been forced to speak out and defend his love life after a vicious Twitter campaign to get him back with his ex-girlfriend went viral.
The 20-year-old singer has ended up on the receiving end of a bizarre online campaign, with fans telling him he should break up with Eleanor Calder, 19, and go back to Hannah Walker, a primary school teaching assistant in his hometown of Doncaster.
Nearly 140,000 users are now following Miss Walker on Twitter.
They got the word ‘Louannah’ – an amalgamation of Louis and Hannah – trending on the site, posted messages praising Miss Walker and sent photographs of the former couple to Miss Calder.
When Tomlinson, one of five members of the boy band, split up with his childhood sweetheart, their break-up devastated fans, some of whom posted tributes ‘in memory’ of the popular couple on YouTube.
Although the singer is fiercely private the campaign has devastated him as he claims rumours he callously dumped Miss Walker to go out with Miss Calder are untrue.
Louis told MailOnline he is deeply upset with the Twitter campaign and wanted to set the record straight.
First Love: The One Direction star with his first love Hannah Walker
His spokesman added: 'It's upsetting
for Louis and Eleanor when Twitter campaigns like this start. I know
some of the fans will think it's a bit of fun, but it's unnecessary when
they are both very happy together.'
A source close to Louis told the MailOnline Louis broke up with his childhood sweetheart because it wasn't working.
He then met Miss Calder two months later.
He began dating Miss Calder six months ago. She went to school in London, and is now in her second year at Manchester University studying politics and sociology.
She also works part-time as a model for clothing chain Hollister.
This week, supposedly in ‘celebration’ of Miss Walker’s 20th birthday, fans took to Twitter to urge Tomlinson to go back to his first love – infuriating the singer.
He tweeted: ‘Truth of the matter is it’s actually not funny in the slightest. I’m reading through some horrible tweets very ****ed off!’
Campaign: Tomlinson fans have been taking to Twitter to call fro him to get back former flame Hannah Walker
He returned to the UK with his bandmates on Tuesday after their hugely successful tour of the US, Australia and New Zealand, and Miss Calder met him at Heathrow.
But before he flew home, he sent her a series of reassuring tweets, saying ‘can’t wait to see you’ and ‘love YOU’.
Miss Walker started going out with Tomlinson after they performed together in a production of Grease at Hall Cross sixth form college in Doncaster.
He auditioned for The X Factor in 2010, and when he got through to the live finals as part of One Direction, Miss Walker travelled to London every week to support him.
Miss Walker, who now works as a learning mentor, said she feels no bitterness towards him.
Talking about the Twitter campaign, she told the Mail: ‘I felt terrible so I sent a text to Liam’s girlfriend [Liam Payne is another member of the band] Danielle saying to tell Eleanor that I’m sorry if I’ve offended her. I didn’t want to look like an evil ex-girlfriend.’
She added: ‘When I look at him on the television now I know him as two different people – one is the boy from Doncaster, and the other is Louis from One Direction.’
Louis' loves: One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's old flame Hannah Walker (left) and the new girl on the scene Eleanor Calder