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Thousands descend on Stadium of Light for One Direction gig

Thousands of fans are slowly filling up the Stadium of Light for tonight's One Direction show. A controversial video has emerged showing what appears to be two of the band's members, Zayn Malik, and, Louis Tomlinson, smoking drugs as they travel to a performance in Peru.

The footage has received a mixed reaction from fans. A spokesman for One Direction says that the matter is in the hands of their lawyers.


Parents react to One Direction "drugs" video

As One Direction prepare to play to more than fifty thousand fans in Sunderland tonight, the band's steeped in controversy after a video emerged showing what appeared to be Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking drugs.

Singer Louis Tomlinson apparently filmed the incident, passing his bandmate a rolled up cigarette.

The video seems to have been filmed when the pair were being driven to an airport in Peru, where it is legal to possess a small amount of cannabis for personal use.

The footage has received a mixed reaction from fans. Parents queueing outside the Stadium of Light have expressed their shock.

One Direction super fan says band is 'shaking off pop star image'

Emma Lou - One Direction fan Credit: Emma Lou

One Direction fan Emma Lou, 19, from Newcastle says One Direction want to 'shake off the pop star image' following the video of Zayn Malik smoking what could be 'drugs'.

Another World lyrics Credit: Emma Lou

Emma is a 'superfan' and has tattoos of song lyrics - even a quote from Louis Tomlinson's favourite TV show.

One Tree Hill quote Credit: Emma Lou

She said 'I think it's up to them. The security men with them should've tried taking them away. Cannabis messes with your head if smoked long term. They should know the effects it'll have on them and stop. They won't because they want to shake off the pop star image.'

Profile: Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik Credit: PA

Zayn Malik is 21 years old and from Bradford. The One Direction singer became famous when he auditioned for The X Factor in 2010 as a solo artist. He was placed in the boy band my Nicole Scherzinger.

Zayn has three sisters and is engaged to South Shields born Little Mix star Perrie Edwards. He has previously been linked to X Factor contestants Geneva Lane and Rebecca Ferguson.


1D - Their success so far...

They are the biggest boy band in the world, they have a fan base spanning the globe.

Here is a list of their story so far:

  • 61 album and single no.1’s worldwide
  • ‘Take Me Home’, was no.1 in 37 counties
  • ‘Up All Night’ became no.1 in 17 countries
  • The only UK band to have their first 2 albums debut at 1 in US
  • The first British band since The Beatles to have 2 no.1 albums in the same year in the US
  • Winners of 2 Brit Awards in 2012 for ‘Best British Single’ and 2013 for ‘Global Success Award’
  • Awarded 3 MTV VMA’s and 3 MTV EMA’s
  • Received NRJ award for ‘Best International Group’
  • Won 3 Billboard Music Awards for ‘Top Duo/Group’, ‘Top New Artist’, ‘Top Pop Artist’
  • Two Sunday Times bestselling books
  • A sold out 2013 UK Arena tour
  • Over 18.5 million Facebook fans and 71 million combined followers on Twitter

Nexus: "Common sense has prevailed"

“I’m pleased that the strike has been called off. Common sense has prevailed and a day of major disruption to thousands of our customers has been averted.

“Metro services will now operate as usual tomorrow and there will still be extra services for the One Direction concert in Sunderland.”

– Tobyn Hughes, Deputy Director General of Nexus
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