The snapshot in question featured the UK boy bander standing on what appears to be a ledge of a 34th-floor balcony of an East London high-rise (Think:
Naturally, rabid 1D fans took to social media out of concern for the 20-year-old heartthrob's well-being — translation: freaked OUT — which ultimately warranted a Tuesday apology from Payne.
"You may have seen a photo of me today taken on top of a building. I regret being there and having a photo taken," the "Best. Song. Ever" crooner wrote, adding, "It was a stupid and irresponsible thing to do. I am sorry, and do not endorse any fans trying to repeat this, as it is extremely dangerous."
"Worse things have happened, I'm sure we'll be fine ;)" he later said.
In December, the mega-popular band made chart history in the United States, according to Pop & Hiss, with their third album "Midnight Memories" hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making them the first group since the Monkees to have their first three albums hit No. 1 in their opening weeks.
But, as they say, with great success comes great sacrifice.
The singer took to his Twitter feed to explain another of his plights: The lack of privacy outside his home now that his address has been obtained from photos posted on social media.
"I know my friends have tweeted a lot of pictures of my house the past few days but can people please stop coming and waiting outside," he wrote.
"I'd just like to be able to walk outside as everyone does and enjoy time with my friends, not feel bad for not wanting to take a picture," Payne continued, adding, "Sorry if I've been rude to anyone but I've come to realise if I take one picture more people keep coming everyday xxx hope everyone's good"
Ahh, the price of fame.
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