Louis Tomlinson sports beanie as he lands at Heathrow
The One Direction star, 24, donned a blue and grey Adidas tracksuit top and black bottoms as he made his way from the terminal flashing a beaming smile as he landed at Heathow airport on Monday.
PUBLISHED: 17:19 EST, 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 18:05 EST, 24 October 2016
He spends much of his time in the US sharing custody of his son Freddie Reign.
But Louis Tomlinson looked happy to be back on home turf when he landed at Heathow airport on Monday.
The One Direction star, 24, donned a blue and grey Adidas tracksuit top and black bottoms as he made his way from the terminal flashing a beaming smile.
Keeping his head shielded from the autumn chill in a black beanie, he looked relaxed with his hands in his pockets, sporting some designer stubble on his chin and upper lip.
Louis has arrived in the UK a day after Simon Cowell said he would never ban any of the One Direction boys from singing on the X Factor.
He slammed rumours that he denied Niall Horan a spot on the show after the One Direction singer signed a solo deal with a rival record label.
The 57-year-old SYCO boss said he would ‘never ban’ any member of the band from appearing on the show - despite three of the boys signing up to the competition.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday night following the latest installment of The X Factor, the SYCO boss rubbished the reports that there was bad blood between himself and any of his most famous proteges.
Addressing his 12.7million followers, the music mogul wrote: 'Reading some stories. To be clear I would never 'ban’ anyone from One Direction appearing on the show.’
Simon’s clarification came after reports emerged that he had overlooked Niall, 23, as he launches his solo career with Universal Music - suggesting there was tension between the two.
The X Factor boss was said to be frustrated with the Irish star and fellow 1D singer Liam Payne after they snubbed his offer of a record deal to sign with rival labels.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: 'Simon really thought the 1D boys would show loyalty after he mentored them on the show and made them the huge global success they are. Instead they went behind his back.
'He’s not going to be doing them any favours. He knows artists love performing on the show as there are eight million viewers to promote their songs to.
'Niall also chose to do The Graham Norton Show. The X Factor don’t like to have acts that have been elsewhere.’
Niall’s debut single This Town peaked at number nine in the UK and Simon is reportedly unconcerned about having the star appear on the programme.
A source told paper that the X Factor boss doesn’t feel as though he’s missing out, as the song is already 'going down the chart’.
Meanwhile, Niall is said to have been aware of Simon’s stance when he opted to sign with a rival record label.
An insider shared: 'They knew when he didn’t sign with Syco he wouldn’t be appearing on The X Factor. Everyone is totally fine.
'He’s extremely proud and grateful for everything The X Factor did for him.’
Just a few weeks ago Simon took a dig at the Irish singer following the release of his debut single, This Town.
The hit peaked at number nine in the charts, landing Niall his first solo top ten single.
But Simon told the Sunday Mirror that had Niall chosen to work with his label, SYCO, for the release instead of Capitol Records (part of Universal) it would have been a bigger success.
The X Factor creator said: 'He probably would have had a number one single if he’d stayed with me.
'But you know who does have number this week? James Arthur. Very pleased he’s back with us with a fantastic record.’
He then signed off with a final parting shot, adding: 'Hashtag loyalty.’
Niall released his debut solo single This Town on September 29, several months after One Direction officially began their hiatus.
However, the release was no match for James Arthur’s triumphant return, with his comeback track Say You Won’t Let Go notching up 85,000 combined sales - made up of 41,000 downloads and 4.4 million streams.
Niall surprised his fans by unveiling the track on his Twitter account and making it available to listen to on all major streaming platforms, iTunes and Apple Music and music video hosting website VEVO.
His tweet read: 'Been workin in the studio, wanted to share this song I just wrote with u guys. thank you for always being there (sic).’
In a statement he confirmed he has signed to Capitol Records and told the Directioners he was 'looking forward to the next part of this journey together’.
He said: 'I’m excited to announce I have signed a record deal with Capitol Records USA and released my first solo song.
'Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always. I’m looking forward to the next part of this journey together.’
In the accompanying black and white video Niall gives a stripped-down performance of This Town in a 1 Mic 1 Take promo that premiered today on VEVO.
The clip, which was filmed in the historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, simply shows the pop heartthrob singing whilst playing an acoustic guitar.
Niall recorded the song with Adele’s producer Greg Kurstin and he co-wrote the track with long-time One Direction collaborators Jamie Scott, Mike Needle and Daniel Bryer.
Fans first got an indication the 1D hunk had completed his first single when a tweet was sent from the official Radio Disney Twitter account announcing the title before being swiftly deleted.
Meanwhile, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne tweeted their support for their One Direction bandmate.
'Good luck boss give him all your support huge day for him proud of you boss,’ Liam wrote, while Louis added: 'Feeling super proud. You sound great ! Great to see you at your bday bash!!
Last year, One Direction announced they were taking a break, beginning in March.
'They are taking a hiatus so they can work on individual projects for a while but they are not splitting up,’ a source told E! News last year. 'They will remain together and plan to work together in the future.’