AceShowbiz - Harry Styles has broken his silence after leaving fans freaked out with his recent social media mishap. The "As It Was" hitmaker has set the record straight after sparking rumors of a One Direction reunion when he posted a photo of himself wearing an old 1D T-shirt.
The 29-year-old British crooner addressed the mysterious mirror selfie on Tuesday, March 7 during his sold-out concert at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, the last date of his "Love on Tour" world tour. He said he'd posted the picture by "accident" after taking it for "himself."
"Maybe, like some people you want to keep something to yourself.. and maybe one day you will accidentally post it to your Instagram Story," Harry told the crowd before laughing at himself as the audience went wild.
It is unclear whether Harry posted the photo completely by accident or whether he had meant to send it only to his Instagram close friends. However, he should have known that deleting it wasn't going to stop speculation of a 1D reunion as fans were quick to screenshot and circulate the picture.
The said snapshot saw him sporting the T-shirt from One Direction's "Up All Night" tour in 2012. The picture was seemingly taken from a gym as he's seen wearing short pants and a pair of yellow sneakers. The disappearing photo led to the hashtags #TheShirt and #HeDeletedIt trending across various social media platforms.
The post came after Harry thanked One Direction during his BRIT Awards acceptance speech last month. At the time, the "Watermelon Sugar" hitmaker said, "I want to thank my mom for signing me up for 'The X Factor' without telling me - so I literally wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you. I want to thank (One Direction's) Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn because I wouldn't be here without all you lot, - thank you so much."
One Direction became one of the biggest groups of the 2010s after its five members, Harry, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik, met as contestants on the reality television series "The X Factor" in 2010.
In March 2015, sadly, the band announced that Zayn was leaving the group. In August of that year, the four remaining members of the band announced that they would be taking an extended hiatus beginning in 2016. Before taking a step back, the group went on a final tour and released one last album, "Made in the A.M.". After the band dissolved, its members went on to pursue solo careers.