Niall Horan, one-fifth of the hugely successful boy band One Direction, has had "major" knee surgery just three months before the group is set to go on tour.
British tabloid The Sun published a photo of Horan walking on crutches, which sparked a fury of speculation and concern among the band's hardcore tween fan base. The 20-year-old took to Twitter, offering an explanation to his 16.7 million followers:
Hey guys I know most of you have seen those pics today! Yes I've had major knee surgery , a much larger surgery than first anticipated ,
But i would like to tell u , it was a complete success ! Considering the scale of it! So all I ask of you guys is that you would respect my
Privacy as I try to recover and get for the where we are tour!
One Direction's "Where We Are" tour kicks off April 25 at Estadio El Campin in Bogota, Colombia, reports E! News.