Fans are thrilled to see Liam Payne back amid rumours his illness was based on the 'pressures of fame'

Liam Payne made his return to One Direction last night after his mystery illness forced the band to cancel a concert at the last minute on Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old star was apparently in good spirits for the boys’ show at Belfast’s SSE Arena following the drama that unfolded at the same venue the night before, and thanked fans for their support on social media before last night’s gig…

Glad to hear you’re doing okay, Liam. It comes amid reports from The Sun that the singer’s illness was caused by a ‘meltdown’ backstage.

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One Direction fans worry for Liam Payne

A source tells the newspaper: ‘The pressures of fame and being on the road for two years have made Liam ill.

‘He was devastated about letting everyone down, especially the fans, but he wasn’t physically able to get on stage.

‘He had a complete meltdown.’

It’s also claimed that 1D’s upcoming hiatus next year and the uncertainty of what comes next could have added to Liam’s symptoms.

‘Liam’s stress has been brewing for quite a while and it hasn’t helped that his future is uncertain with the break coming up,’ the insider says.

‘But the guys have rallied around Liam and are desperate to make sure he is OK.’

Liam’s bamdmates were certainly supportive of him following the shock cancellation of their show on Tuesday and took to Twitter to wish him well.

Louis Tomlinson sent ‘lots of love’ to the poorly star whilst Harry Styles said ‘these things happen’, as did Niall Horan.

1D fans are simply happy to have Liam Payne back and have been sharing their joy at the news on social media…

Liam Payne will once again be back on stage with One Direction tonight in Belfast, plus the boys will perform again tomorrow in a rescheduled gig to make up for Tuesday’s cancelled event.

They have shows lined up in Newcastle and Sheffield later in the month before the On The Road Again Tour finally comes to an end after many months of touring the globe.

Anna Francis