London was co-hosting the Hit Network’s summer breakfast show in 2017 with Ed Kavalee and Ash Williams when she sparked the ire of thousands of teenagers and Louis Tomlinson himself after joking about the singer’s “ratty facial hair”.
“Just so we’re clear, because I’m a very visual guy, Ash — he’s the guy with the smaller face with the short brown hair?” Williams asked her during the segment.
“Kind of like ratty facial hair …” London replied.
“He’s not Harry Styles basically,” chimed in Kavalee. “He’s the least popular one.”
Speaking about the incident on air this morning, London said One Direction fans blamed her for her co-hosts’ jokes about the singer.
“I was defending the artist and I think what happened was, fans were listening, lines got crossed and some things were attributed to me that Ed (Kavalee) had said.
“Within about four hours I think I’d gotten 10,000 messages. I got over a million in the end.
“They were being so horrid,” she said.
London temporarily switched her Twitter to private at the time before making it public again and issuing an apology.
But things went from bad to worse when Tomlinson himself tweeted at her, “Probs best to stay on private for a bit longer love!” and included an emoji of a middle finger.
Probs best to stay on private for a bit longer love ! 🖕
“The tweets started before he (Tomlinson) got involved and then he gave me the finger and there was a barrage,” London said on 2Day FM this morning.
“They were wishing death, wishing rape, saying they knew where I lived.
“I was terrified,” she added.
London told her current breakfast show co-hosts, Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer, that she’s still scarred from the experience.
“It has really, really affected me in ways I never saw coming,” she said.
“I think it’s part of the reason I’m so addicted to my phone is that I am always waiting for things to be misinterpreted, or if I get an Instagram alert I have to check it straight away.
“It’s this really weird anxiety now.”
Grant, Ed and Ash airs from 6-9am weekdays on 2Day 104.1 FM