1D are currently on tour in Australia

Liam Payne has paid tribute to One Direction fans for helping him through a difficult time.

The singer missed his granddad’s funeral this week as he’s on tour with 1D in Australia, so he’s very grateful to the band’s army of Directioners for their supportive messages.

Thanks for everyone’s support at this hard time obviously this has been a tough few weeks for me,’ Liam, 20, Tweeted yesterday.

I’ve never been through anything like this> And your support means the world so thanks guys night x.’

The grieving singer gave an emotional shoutout to his late grandfather as the band performed More Than This at a concert in Melbourne.

Bit of a sad one for me, the day we flew out to Australia my granddad passed away, which is very sad news for me,’ Liam told the audience.

So this one we’re doing next happened to be his favourite song. The funeral is today and I couldn’t be there so I wanted to dedicate this one to my granddad.’

The sad news comes just weeks after Liam’s best friend Andy Samuels suffered 20% burns to his upper body when a patio fire exploded on the balcony of the 1D star’s London pad.

Watch Liam Payne pay tribute to his granddad below…

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