Mirror.co.uk reports,Some of the 22-year-old's fans weren't happy about the recent snap after he shared it with his 6.7 million followers.
Liam Payne looked tired and stressed out as he enjoyed a cinema date with girlfriend Sophia Smith on Sunday night in Ontario, Canada.
The world famous star - who enjoyed a night off from the band's On The Road Again tour - looked stylish in a leather jacket and white t-shirt, but failed to crack a smile as he bought snacks.
Sophia - who has been dating Liam since 2013 - looked immaculate in a tan mac and grey handbag, but looked as equally stressed out as her boyfriend as they headed to the movies.
The down to earth couple tried to keep a low profile as they enjoyed some quality time together, something not exactly easy to do when you're one fourth of One Direction.
It isn't easy being in the constant glare of the spotlight and this weekend Liam was on the receiving end of criticism from fans, who hit out at the star for smoking.
"Please stop smoking Liam. We all care about you... I'm so disappointed," wrote one.
While another added: "Many people don't get a choice to live healthy or even live in this world at all. You do @fakliampayne - choose wisely."
"Stop smoking! You know better," a third wrote. "It's not cute, it's not hot, it's scary and dangerous."
While others defended the picture, with someone saying: "Some people need to stop telling him to stop smoking he's 22 now and he can do what he wants. He doesn't need all his fans ganging up on him about it."
The star's followers also noticed he's got another tattoo on his forearm just above the two recent designs he got on his birthday.
Last week he debuted two new inkings - a big skull and roses and a bird of prey.