At the arrivals to the show at London’s Roundhouse, the pair – from the same south Yorkshire hometown – embraced on the red carpet.
Asked a moment later by Rolling Stone UK whether we had witnessed “a little mini Donny reunion” with Tomlinson, Yungblud said: “Donny boys! I don’t think we’ve actually ever met properly so tonight, right here on your carpet, we said hello for the first time!”
“Could this be the making of a beautiful friendship?” we asked, to which Yungblud replied: “I think it could be. We’ll go see the football together,” proposing future visits to watch Doncaster Rovers.
See the pair’s meeting below.
Accepting the award from Jodie Harsh, he said: “Live music and live playing is everything to me. It’s all I ever wanted to do. I just want to connect with people and find a family that is my fucking own.”
He added: “In a world of artificial intelligence you can’t fucking beat human connection. You can’t bet pouring your heart out on stage, fucking screaming, everything. That’s what we all got into this for.”
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