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'I'm so sorry to everyone I disappointed' - One Direction's Liam Payne apologises for Irish concert cancellation

'Sorry isn't good enough' - one bride tells of 'moved wedding plans' to allow flower girl to attend concert

Published 21/10/2015 | 10:54

A bride-to-be has told Independent.ie of her disappointment after she 'moved a number of things around' so that her niece and flower girl could attend the One Direction concert in Belfast.

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Taking to Twitter today, Liam Payne apologised for the last-minute cancellation of the concert.

"I'm so sorry to everybody I disappointed last night. I'm feeling better now. I really hope everyone can make the rescheduled date on Friday".

"Thank you so much for all the trends and lovely messages you guys did for me it really shows how amazing u(sic) guys actually are".

"As I said I'm feeling much better now and I really can't wait to perform and make it up to everyone later".

It has been reported that Liam was suffering from food poisoning.

1D fans were left in tears last night after the band cancelled their gig in Belfast because Liam (left) was ill
1D fans were left in tears last night after the band cancelled their gig in Belfast because Liam (left) was ill
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Photo: Birthday queen/ ‏@NenehTrainer
(Photo: Twitter/BelfastLive)

Tara Gallagher from Donegal has been living in Canada for three years, and flew home to Ireland last Saturday ahead of her wedding this coming Saturday. She told Independent.ie that "sorry just isn't good enough".

Her niece, Chloe Gallagher(8), had been scheduled to see One Direction in concert on Saturday and her mother, Edel, swapped the tickets so they could be there to welcome Tara home - meaning other responsibilities had to be moved to accommodate the concert.

Tara told Independent.ie that she "had to change loads of wedding plans to accommodate Chloe getting to see one direction".

"Edel is the bridesmaid and Chloe is the flower girl... I haven't even seen her in her flowergirl dress yet".

"It's just the upheaval of it all... it's a panic. We've had a lot of organising to do in such a short space of time".

"It's very disappointing for her, I'm on my way over now to see how she is. It's very sad for her".

"She was excited about the wedding but more excited about One Direction... it's very sad for her".

"The three of them could have gone on and sang a few songs... they have no idea the planning that went into these things".

"To simply say sorry just isn't good enough".

Fans around the country were left disappointed after last night's One Direction concert at the SSE Arena in Belfast was cancelled, over an hour and a half after the start time listed on the tickets.

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A spokeswoman for the band said that the show was cancelled because "Liam has taken ill, and whilst not serious, he is unable to perform".

"Please hold on to your tickets. A further statement will be made in the morning.

"The band apologise to the fans and wish Liam better."

Bandmates took to Twitter to apologise to fans. Harry Styles wrote: "Deepest apologies to everyone at the show tonight in Belfast. Very disappointed, but unfortunately these things happen. We're very sorry."

Louis Tomlinson added: "We're so, so sorry for what happened, it was out of our control. Lots of love to Liam and thank you for being so understanding."

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes responded " I don't care who was sick in... Rest of them should have had the decency & maturity to appear on stage and explain... It's just a question of taking responsibility and being respectful".

Fan reactions on social media ranged from anger to get well wishes, with the hashtag #GetWellSoonLiam trending this morning on Twitter.

The question remains as to whether or not tonight and tomorrow's scheduled Belfast gigs will go ahead.

The band's planned release of their new music video went ahead as planned despite the cancellation.

Related: One Direction release 'Perfect' music video just hours after Belfast gig cancelled

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