The One Direction boys apologise and thank followers for their support following the shock move

One Direction shocked fans by cancelling a concert in Belfast last night at the last minute and the reason behind it has got their admirers rather concerned.

Directioners waiting for the show to start at the SSE Arena were left stunned when they were told just minutes before the boys were due on stage that the gig would no longer take place as Liam Payne had become unwell.

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Publicist Simon Jones posted a statement reading: ‘Unfortunately One Direction have had to cancel tonight’s concert in Belfast.

‘Liam has been taken suddenly ill, and the concert will sadly not be taking place. Fans have been asked to hold on to their tickets and there will be a further statement tomorrow.

‘The band apologise to their fans and wish Liam well as soon as possible.’

Liam’s bandmates Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have all taken to Twitter to say sorry to fans for the shock cancellation…

There’s been no word from Liam yet and the nature of his illness is unknown but it’s got the huge One Direction fanbase extremely worried.

Many admirers used the hashtag #GetWellSoonLiam on Twitter as they sent their best wishes to the poorly 22-year-old star…

Let’s hope Liam is doing okay and is on the mend soon. The singer last posted on Twitter on Monday when he encouraged fans to check out the new album from Scouting For Girls.

The boys are due to play their next show at the same venue in Belfast tonight so we’re expecting there to be word on whether Liam is well enough to perform very soon.

It’s certainly been an eventful year for One Direction. The On The Road Again Tour kicked off in Australia back in February and has seen the lads perform all over the world.

During the tour they’ve faced many shock moments, including the departure of Zayn Malik from the band in March and the news that Louis is going to become a father next year.

Let’s hope this latest controversy isn’t anything serious. Get well soon, Liam!

Anna Francis