Melanie C has defended Louis Tomlinson following his recent arrest.

Mel C

Mel C

The One Direction star was released on bail after an altercation with a paparazzo and two girls at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday (03.03.17), and the former Spice Girls singer sympathises with him because she has been in a similar situation where the "frenzied" attention left her unable to think clearly.

Speaking on 'Good Morning Britain', she said: "It can be quite traumatic, that sounds a little overdramatic.

"There are times, I should imagine with Louis and what the boys have been through, that they have been at the height of their success and they are constantly pursued.

"And I think you come into an environment like that and it's quite frenzied and it's quite chaotic and you have a fight-or-flight response sometimes.

"I know it's a very long time since I've been in that situation but I had one time many years ago.

"It was towards the end of my time with the Spice Girls, and I was pursued in a car and I actually ended up hitting another car because you don't think.

"You're not in a sensible frame of mind, you are in that fight-or-flight response.

"I really feel for Louis. Obviously he needs some protection and he shouldn't really have been left in that situation.

"You have to try and control yourself as much as you can but we are all human."

Following the incident, Louis - who was with his girlfriend Eleanor Calder - was arrested and booked for simple battery. He was originally released on $20.000 bail but won't have to pay out unless he fails to attend court in Los Angeles on March 29.

His lawyer Martin Singer said: "The paparazzi provoked and caused the altercation that occurred with Louis. It's not the first time that a paparazzi has created an altercation with a celebrity. While the altercation was going on with the paparazzi, three other individuals were attacking his girlfriend during this incident and he came to her defence."