“Big grin, darling,” were South Yorkshire sensation Louis Tomlinson’s words of encouragement to a particularly shy fan as they had a photo taken.
The One Direction heartthrob posed for pictures and signed autographs this afternoon during a tea party for backers of children’s encephalitis charity The Eden Dora Trust.
Louis – who is in Sheffield to conclude the band’s On The Road Again tour with three sell-out dates – said it was great to be back on home turf.
The Doncaster lad said: “I’ve been looking forward to these Sheffield shows since the start of the tour, which was a long time ago.”
While Louis greeted fans inside Whirlowbrook Hall in Whirlow, a crowd of around 40 young fans gathered outside to catch glimpse of the pop star.
Chloe Hunt, aged 17, said she found out about the top-secret event – which was also attended by cricketing legend and charity patron Freddie Flintoff – when someone posted the invitation online. The address had been blurred out, but the last half of the postcode was still visible and Chloe did some detective work on Google.
Calvin Rodgers, who has been friends with Louis since they were both 14, accompanied the star to the event. He said: “Louis has always been the boy from Donny and that’s how he wants to be perceived too. He hasn’t let the fame get to him.
“He’s energetic, truthful, smart and grounded.”