Why Are Fans ‘Proud’ of Louis Tomlinson?

One Direction fans have always been known to be a passionate and loud group of supporters. They’ve shown up in incredible ways for band members Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and former member Zayn Malik in the the band’s 10 years of existence. The fans’ latest feat has been a beautiful way to support Tomlinson — read on to see why fans have said they’re “proud” of the oldest band member.

Why are fans 'proud' of Louis Tomlinson
Louis Tomlinson performing in Spain in early 2020 | Javier Bragado/Redferns

How Louis Tomlinson fans have shown support before

Tomlinson’s fans have moved metaphorical mountains for him in the past. In May 2015, they decided to organize Project “No Control,” an effort to make One Direction’s song “No Control” a single. The song, from album Four, features strong lead vocals from Tomlinson as well as his own writing embedded through the song.

The project included calling radio stations, asking them to play the Tomlinson-written song. (Liam Payne also co-wrote it.) Eventually, the fans’ passion was so hard to ignore that the band added “No Control” to the setlist for their On the Road Again Tour and Tomlinson spoke about the project on The Late Late Show with James Corden in a 2015 interview.

Fans made his song ‘Defenceless’ No. 1 on the global iTunes chart

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Fans began trending the topics “Support Defenceless” and “Proud of Louis” on Twitter on Feb. 6 after their latest effort to get Tomlinson’s song “Defenceless” to No. 1. It reached that top spot on the Global 100 iTunes chart per data-tracking site Kworb.net, knocking off formerly consistent song “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo.

“Defenceless” is a track from Tomlinson’s album debut, Walls, released in January 2020. The album track came out over a year ago, and is a favorite among fans. While Tomlinson never released “Defenceless” as a single himself, it appears that fans are pushing for another fan-released song and may prove to have another successful campaign for the singer.

Louis Tomlinson replied to fans on his Twitter account

Fans took to Twitter to express how proud they are of Tomlinson for reaching No. 1 with “Defenceless” so quickly in this new effort.

“I hope his smile was wide and his eyes sparkled when he saw ‘Defenceless’ up at No. 1,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

Another fan remembered when Tomlinson recounted an anecdote in the 2013 One Direction documentary film This is Us, that his Geography teacher said he would “never amount to anything.”

“Proud of Louis you deserve it,” they wrote.

Someone else commented, “Now that’s the sh*t I wanna see. I can’t even describe my love for him! I’m so proud of Louis, he deserves the world.”

Tomlinson, who often uses his Twitter account to interact with his fans, responded to the outpouring of love on Feb. 6.

“#1 on the worldwide iTunes chart and it’s an album track, crazy,” he said. “Never have enough words to thank you all for everything you do!”

This might be only the beginning for where the song “Defenceless” will go — but one thing’s for sure, we’re definitely #ProudOfLouis, too.