One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is said to have grown apart from long-term girlfriend Eleanor Calder

Just days after Zayn Malik‘s relationship issues hit the headlines, Louis Tomlinson has confirmed that he’s split from long-term girlfriend Eleanor Calder.

The 23-year-old One Direction singer had been dating pretty Eleanor, 22, since 2011 but they’ve now ended their relationship. Despite the news only emerging today, it turns out that the couple actually decided to separate earlier this month.

Louis and Eleanor split up two weeks ago,’ a spokesperson says. ‘They have not announced this as they wanted some privacy.’

It comes after pictures emerged appearing to show Louis sharing a passionate snog with a mystery girl at a party in Bangkok, Thailand. But given that he is said to have split from Eleanor a fortnight ago, he would have been single at the time.

Louis was snapped locking lips with the bikini-clad woman in a pool during a party at the five-star Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel and they were reportedly smooching for quite a while.

‘They were kissing on and off in the pool for about 15 minutes,’ a witness tells the Sun On Sunday. ‘Louis was just wearing his boxers, having stripped off to swim.

‘They were snogging passionately. I thought it was Eleanor until she turned round.

‘It looks like he has got carried away with partying.’

Louis‘ bandmate Zayn was seen chatting to a girl on a sunlounger near Louis and it’s thought that they partied at the pool until 7am.

It comes after Zayn, 22, was signed off for the rest of 1D‘s Asian tour and sent home due to stress. He was pictured holding hands with blonde fan Lauren Richardson last week and it’s led to speculation over the state of his relationship with fiancée Perrie Edwards.

Meanwhile neither Louis nor Eleanor – who were last seen together as a couple on 13 February – has publicly commented on their split. They’re believed to have called it quits due to having grown apart and they apparently broke up just days before the pool party, which took place on 14 March.

It sounds like Louis has found the break-up quite hard though.

Louis is really upset about it all,’ one of the singer’s pals tells People. ‘They tried really hard to make it work but it was just impossible, he’s away for nine months a year and they just grew apart.’

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