'He's taking it very seriously': Liam Payne admits Louis Tomlinson's baby news came as a total shock as he gives Briana Jungwirth his seal of approval 

They often describe themselves as 'brothers’ but Liam Payne has revealed that even he couldn't have predicted Louis Tomlinson's recent baby bombshell.

The 21-year-old One Direction star says he was just as shocked as everyone else when he discovered that Louis and his stylist friend Briana Jungwirth, both 23, were expecting a child together.

Speaking to Magic Radio’s Jo Parkerson, he explained: 'Obviously I was a bit shocked but he's taken super well to it. 

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Stunned: Liam Payne, 21, says he was 'shocked' when he found out his One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson, 23, was going to be a dad

Stunned: Liam Payne, 21, says he was 'shocked' when he found out his One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson, 23, was going to be a dad

'He's very excited with what's going on with him at the moment and I feel that stuff like that happens sometimes… he's taking it very seriously,' he continued. 

Quizzed on what he thought of the pretty mum-to-be, the singer replied: 'Yeah she's really nice, she's a lovely girl.'

Liam's comments come after One Direction's new single Drag Me Down shot to number one after its surprise release on Friday. 

The single, which follows November 2014's Night Changes (the last single before Zayn Malik's departure in March 2015), broke the record for the greatest number of streams over one day (over 4.75m), smashing the record previously set by Wiz Khalifa with See You Again (feat.Charlie Puth). 

Probed on whether he would ever follow in Zayn's footsteps and pursue a solo career of his own, Liam revealed that he was more interested in the work that goes on behind-the-scenes rather than taking centre stage.

He said: 'I'm more interested in the writing side of things if I'm honest.

No messing: Liam says Louis, who is expecting his first child with his stylist friend Briana Jungwirth, is taking his impending fatherhood very seriously

No messing: Liam says Louis, who is expecting his first child with his stylist friend Briana Jungwirth, is taking his impending fatherhood very seriously

Expectant mum: Liam is fond of mum-to-be Brianna and says she 'a lovely girl'

Expectant mum: Liam is fond of mum-to-be Brianna and says she 'a lovely girl'

'I like writing songs for different artists and crafting a song is a really beautiful thing to do, I sit down and do it with my girlfriend sometimes and with a couple of lads that I know. I much prefer doing that sort of thing.

'I love being in the band. I don't know if I could do it by myself now, it's all too comfortable,' he added.

Drag Me Down dropped just two days after Zayn announced he had signed a record deal with RCA Records.

Still going strong: Liam's comments come after One Direction's new single Drag Me Down shot to number one after its surprise release on Friday

Still going strong: Liam's comments come after One Direction's new single Drag Me Down shot to number one after its surprise release on Friday

Fan club: Zayn gave 1D's new single Drag Me Down his seal of approval 

Fan club: Zayn gave 1D's new single Drag Me Down his seal of approval 

After sharing a photo of himself signing his new deal, Zayn tweeted: 'I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who I really am! #realmusic #RCA !! ... #REALME (sic).'

Asked what he thought his longtime pal had meant by the apparent '#realmusic' and '#REALME' dig, Liam responded: 'I don't think he meant it that way…at least I hope he didn't mean it that way.'

Zayn did, however, congratulate the boys on their new offering and tweeted on Friday: 'Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. :) x'  

New beginning:  Zayn signed a recording contract with RCA Records on Wednesday

New beginning:  Zayn signed a recording contract with RCA Records on Wednesday

Mysterious: Zayn seemed to make a dig at One Direction when he tweeted about making 'real music' last week

Mysterious: Zayn seemed to make a dig at One Direction when he tweeted about making 'real music' last week

Fighting talk: Zayn seemed to imply that he wasn't able to be himself while he was in the band with Liam, Louis, Harry and Niall 

Fighting talk: Zayn seemed to imply that he wasn't able to be himself while he was in the band with Liam, Louis, Harry and Niall 

And while the group are not in constant contact with Zayn, Liam insisted he understands why he left One Direction and thinks he made the right decision.

He said: 'I haven't spoken to him recently and he's off doing his own thing and taking his time..... it is a difficult thing to leave the band.... but his heart wasn't in it and you have to go with your heart and say I can't do this anymore and there is something out there that I do want to do that is different...and that's fine.

'I'm dead excited to hear some of his stuff, I did a lot of work with him in the studio when he was in the band. We used to stay up late and do rap stuff which is quite interesting... because I like to produce rap beats and stuff. He's got a great voice and he's a very talented young man and we wish him all the best of luck.' 

 Listen to the full interview on Magic Radio Saturday August 8 from 3pm

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