One Direction stars Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, and Niall Horan took to social media this morning to pay tribute to David Bowie, whose death was announced this morning. Each of the One Direction boys took some time out to honor Bowie, a true music icon in every sense of the word. The Independent reports that 69-year-old Bowie “died surrounded by his family following a ‘courageous’ 18-month battle with cancer.” One Direction joined a host of stars, including Madonna and Kanye West, in paying tribute to Bowie.
In recent years, Bowie has kept a low profile after having a heart attack on-stage in 2004. Since then, he has been increasingly reclusive and private. As well as being an enigmatic performer, Bowie worked his way through a series of alter-ego’s during his career. In his heyday, like some members of One Direction, Bowie’s sexuality was frequently questioned, including in this hilarious interview with chat show host Jonathan Ross.
One Direction could learn some lessons from Bowie about how they could deal with similar questions.
Sugarscape reports that the various members of One Direction posted tributes to Bowie. Harry Styles posted a black and white image of Bowie to Instagram, and the 21-year-old One Direction star added the tribute “RIP David Bowie. An icon.”
One Direction fans might remember that One Direction and the class of The X Factor 2010 covered Bowie’s 1977 hit “Heroes” as a charity single in aid of Help for Heroes. Check out the video and see One Direction and all the other finalists’ spine-tingling cover of a great Bowie song.
One Direction stars Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan both chose Twitter to share their sadness at Bowie’s passing. Niall said that he was “very sad” to wake to the news of Bowie’s passing. Niall went on to say that Bowie “is a true music legend” whose legacy will “live on forever.”
Very sad to wake up to the news of David Bowie's passing . He is a true music legend and his legacy will live on forever ..
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 11, 2016
Louis joined his One Direction bandmates’ tributes, saying simply “RIP David Bowie. A music legend.”
RIP David Bowie. A music Legend !
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) January 11, 2016
Rebel Heart star Madonna joined the One Direction boys in paying tribute to Bowie. In a series of tweets, Madge revealed that Bowie was her first live concert, and she said that Bowie was “talented, unique, a Genius and a game changer.”
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2016
In other One Direction news, the Daily Mail has reported that One Direction are to appear in an upcoming edition of the hit cartoon show Family Guy. While all the members of One Direction will feature in the show, it is claimed that only Louis and Liam have provided dialogue for the episode, which is due to air this May.
The episode features One Direction sitting around a campfire while Stewie tells them a horror story about non-skinny jeans. One Direction fans, you have been warned.
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Family Guy executive producers Richard Appel and Steve Callaghan revealed how pleased they were to attract One Direction to the show.
“There are not a lot of shows that, in the same season, feature guest-star appearances by both Frank Sinatra, Jr. and One Direction. We really enjoyed their time with us, until we realized we were both old enough to be their fathers.”
Join One Direction in their tribute to David Bowie by spending a few minutes checking out his incredible performance of “Starman” on Top of the Pops way back in 1972.
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