It is thought that the controversial nature of the video hasn't sat well with the parents of the band's young fans
There’s been a 79 per cent surge in tickets for One Direction shows being listed on resale site Viagogo following the emergence of a video which seems to show band members Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik smoking a “joint” in the back of a car.
It is claimed that the video was filmed on April 27 while the singers were being driven through Lima, Peru on their way to a gig at the Estadio Nacional. The five-minute video appears to be filmed by Tomlinson, who is heard saying, “So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!” It is not illegal to possess a small amount of cannabis in Peru. The rest of the band are not present in the video.
Since the video was leaked, resales of tickets for the band’s upcoming UK shows have rocketed, possibly due to the controversial nature of the video jarring with their young fanbase and their parents. A Viagogo spokesperson has said: “The boys are considered role models, but the question is whether this latest controversy will affect the boyband’s squeaky clean image, as fans – and their parents alike – turn to reselling their tickets.”
It is also being reported that the band’s tour managers are worried that the incident could jeopardise tour plans in North America, with a source telling The Sun: “The authorities could make an example of them”.
In the video, Malik is passed the rolled-up cigarette and starts smoking while Tomlinson, who allegedly narrates the video, asks him “What do you think about that kind of content?” and Malik responds “Very controversial”. Tomlinson then moves the camera to show a police officer on a motorbike driving past. “He’s having a look,” he says. “He’s thinking, ‘I’m sure I can smell an illegal substance in there’. And he’s hit the nail on the head.”
One Direction’s management told the BBC: “This matter is in the hands of our lawyers.”