Louis Tomlinson My Baby Is The Real Deal

4/8/2016 8:45 AM PDT

Louis Tomlinson's Baby Is The Real Deal

EXCLUSIVE

Sorry, One Direction fans ... we're shutting down your #Babygate fake baby conspiracy once and for all.

We got Louis Tomlinson out to lunch Thursday in Calabasas, and the pics prove his 2-and-a-half month old son Freddie is a living, breathing little tyke -- and not just a prop.

This has become a thing -- 1D fans are flooding social media with various #babygate conspiracy theories as to why the baby can't be real. They think Louis and his team are photoshopping images and using dolls to fake out the public.

So, here's Exhibit A -- watch and LISTEN to baby Freddie crying out. THIS is a real baby.

Case closed.