Liam Payne criticised by One Direction fans for smoking

Singer receives angry messages from fans on Instagram

One Direction singer Liam Payne has been criticised by his own fans for smoking.

The 22-year-old singer posted a photo of himself posing on a private plane with a cigarette in his hand on his Instragram account, but quickly found himself besieged with angry messages from his followers.

One user, named oldine_paulsen, wrote: “U got to quit smoking. It’s bad for you and your too young to die.” Sorryimgabbi added: “This makes me sad tbh bc like my dads side of the family all smoke and I don’t like it.”

Other users called the singer an “idiot” for smoking on a plane, while addiehiggy added: “He is the worst in one direction now”. There were some more sympathetic voices, however, with penguinsarecooldude announcing: “Well it’s your own responsibility, if you want to smoke, okay, I understand, just don’t get addicted.”

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Last month, One Direction denied rumours that they were going to split but did admit they were taking a hiatus. Their decision came just months after former member Zayn Malik departed the group, stating that he wishes to be “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight”.

Last month saw the surprise release of One Direction’s new single, ‘Drag Me Down‘. Their fifth album is due out this Christmas but the group have reportedly decided not to tour in promotion of the record.

One Direction have sold more than 50 million records worldwide and boast more than 91 Number Ones across the globe.