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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Niall Horan takes up 'selfie' habit as he recovers from major surgery

Gordon Deegan and Denise Calnan

Published 17/01/2014|02:30

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'Thank god for filters!' Niall Horan writes on social media site Instagram (Instagram/Niall Horan)
World Premiere Of  'One Direction This Is Us'...LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  (L-R) Singers Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne from One Direction attend the "One Direction This Is Us" world premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on August 20, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)...E
World Premiere Of 'One Direction This Is Us' in London last year. (L-R) Singers Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne. Photo: Getty

Niall Horan has taken up the ‘selfie’ habit as he allows his leg to recover following a serious knee injury.

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The One Direction singer underwent surgery recently for his torn ligaments and admitted it was a lot more serious than what he anticipated.

“I’ve had major knee surgery,” he told his fans this morning, “a much larger surgery than first anticipated.”

But the 20-year-old Mullingar man said the surgery was a success.

“But I would like to tell you, it was a complete success,” he continued, “considering the scale of it!”

Niall is taking a break before the boys’ upcoming world stadium tour and is filling his time with a spot of selfie-taking.

“Thank God for filters!” he captioned one close-up portrait on social media site Instagram.

Although keeping in touch with his fans on Twitter, Niall has also asked for privacy in the coming weeks.

“All I ask of you guys is that you would respect my privacy as I try to recover and get ready for the ‘Where We Are’ tour,” he added.

Meanwhile, the band's  grossed concert box office receipts totalled $114m (€83.78m) last year.

Detailed figures for the Mullingar man's group show the band played to 1.8 million music fans last year, with each concert grossing an average $1.46m (€1m).

The box office receipt figures from trade industry journal 'Pollstar' show that the teen idols are ranked 10th in 'Pollstar's' top 100 worldwide touring artists, beating off the likes of The Rolling Stones, Jay Z, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

One Direction will add significantly to its coffers this year with a stadium tour that includes three sold-out gigs at Croke Park in May.

The 'Where We Are' tour begins in April and the boyband will stage 65 stadium shows that will generate an estimated $225m (€165m).

Rihanna, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi were among those who did better than One Direction in the 'Pollstar' list.

However, One Direction had the cheapest tickets of the top 10 touring groups, at $63.29 (€46) -- almost half the $111 (€81) punters paid to see Beyonce.

The band's spiralling wealth prompted 'Forbes' magazine to include them in their '30 under 30' list earlier this month.

Last year, accounts by the band's UK-based firm, ID Media Ltd, show that the company was sitting on over £2.3m (€2.7m) in cash at the end of 2012.

Irish Independent

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