First the good news: everything is going to be just fine. Deep breath.
Yes, One Direction's Niall Horan, 20, blew out his knee in December in advance of the band's upcoming tour. The injury was a result of a problem he's had since childhood where his knee easily dislocates.
"Hey guys I know most of you have seen those pics today!" he wrote to fans who likely caught the image run in England's The Sun tabloid which showed him hobbling on crutches into London's Heathrow airport with his knee in a brace. "Yes I've had major knee surgery, a much larger surgery than first anticipated."
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 ,— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 17, 2014
The good news, however, is that, given how big it was, he said the surgery was a "complete success."
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— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 17, 2014
As he recovers, his one request was that fans and the media grant him some privacy so he can focus on getting well for the Where We Are Tour.
Privacy as I try to recover and get for the where we are tour!— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 17, 2014
Fans, of course, had plenty of well wishes, with Queen Ally writing, "Niall feel better my babe get some rest love you!" Another, Ryan, told Niall to keep a good attitude about recovery, remembering that it means lots of treats and football-watching (no, not the NFL playoffs).
@NiallOfficial niall feel better my babe get some rest love you!— queen ally (@craicshakes) January 17, 2014
@NiallOfficial on the bright side knee surgery means recovery, and recovery means ice cream and lots of FIFA!!!— RyansAverageLife (@RyanAbe) January 17, 2014