Every question you’ve ever had about this story is about to get answered.
In January 2015, cousins Briana Jungwirth and Ashley Jessica were introduced to Louis Tomlinson and his best friend Oli Wright in a Hollywood nightclub.
‘A mutual friend told us he had a table at the club with a couple of guys that wanted some nice girls to join them,’ Ashley tells Now’s Joshua Fox, in a world exclusive interview. ‘Honest to God, we had no idea who Louis Tomlinson was! The only person we knew in One Direction was Harry Styles – but the four of us really clicked and became really close for several months.’
Discussing the groups time together, Ashley admits: ‘Oli and I were dating and Louis and Briana – I don’t know what it is they’d like me to say. They had their relationship and there was something special there.’
Although neither couples managed to make it work, in May, 23-year-old Briana confided in Ashley she was pregnant. Then everything changed for the cousins, and their whole family.
‘We’ve been branded fame hungry and racist, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The rumours I’ve read are crazy,’ she confesses, as we recap the past 16 months. ‘It’s been intense. We have paparazzi in our personal space trying to follow us to Briana. I’ve had groups of girls shout abuse at me in Barnes and Noble. People think we’re a horrible family because they believe the false information they read online and it’s just not true. We’re all fictional characters to these people.’
Now it’s time to set the record straight.
After living under a microscope for so long, in this week’s Now, make-up artist Ashley shares the real story that’s had millions of people talking. From the ‘beautiful moment’ as Louis held Briana’s hand during the birth to the truth about the custody battle, child support and the singers new girlfriend, Danielle Campbell.
Read Ashley’s full interview, only in this week’s Now magazine on sale April 26. Available for digital download here.