Liam Payne has been dealing with some health issues. In August 2023, the former One Direction member announced that he would be canceling his upcoming tour after being hospitalized with a serious kidney infection. Weeks later, multiple outlets confirmed that he had been hospitalized. A September 2023, report from Rolling Stone shared that he was “undergoing medical treatment at a hospital in Italy.”

Keep reading for details on his health, updates and more.

Why Was Liam Payne Hospitalized?

“It’s with a heavy heart I have to tell you that we have no other choice but to postpone my upcoming tour of South America,” he wrote on Twitter in August 2023. “Over the past week I’ve been in hospital with a serious kidney infection, it’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, and doctors orders are that I now need to rest and recover. I was beyond excited to come play for you guys. To all of you who have bought tickets: I’m so sorry. We’re working to reschedule the tour as soon as we possibly can, but for now we will be refunding the tickets — so please look out for updates from your point of purchase. Thanks as always for the love and support, and look forward to seeing you soon.”

His South American tour was scheduled to run throughout September 2023.

What Happened to Liam Payne’s Kidneys?

Liam has revealed in the past that he was born prematurely, which resulted in him having just one working kidney.

“When I was born I was effectively dead,” he revealed in One Direction’s 2011 book Dare to Dream — Life as One Direction. “The doctors couldn’t get any reaction from me so I had to be brought round and although it seemed like I was okay, there were underlying problems.”

He revealed that from the ages of “zero to four” he was in an out of the hospital, until it was discovered that one of his kidneys was not working properly. “I’ve still got both kidneys but one doesn’t work so I have to be careful not to drink too much, even water, and I have to keep myself as healthy as possible.”

However, in August 2012, the singer revealed that his once nonworking kidney was healed. He wrote on Twitter at the time, ‘”Just been for an ultrasound on my kidney turns out its fixed from when I was a baby!!! 😮 so now I have two J #weirdnewsoftheday.”

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