Doncaster One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has been forced to change his mobile phone number after being bombarded with "disgusting" messages.
Tomlinson, 24, claimed he has been blitzed with inappropriate messages from “losers” on mobile messaging service What's App.
Announcing the news on Twitter he wrote: “Time to change my number .. Getting some disgusting stuff on what's app... Losers !”
Tomlinson’s former One Direction bandmate Niall Horan sympathised and revealed he too has received “horrific” messages.
Horan replied: “Me too mate. Horrific Some of the things people are saying.”
The boys later made light of the situation and joked that they should challenge the trolls to a rap battle.
Tomlinson tweeted: “Maybe we should challenge them to a rap battle and destroy them in 64 bars?”
Horan replied: “That would be way too strong! Would take us less than 64 bars, we're sooooo good.”
He later added: “I wonder when they'll stop annoying us!”
Fans were quick to defend Tomlinson and the hashtag “Respect Louis” was soon trending on Twitter.