A cryptic “Chin chinnigan, chin chinnigan ...” was all the 18-year-old boy band star had to say about his mysterious injury, said to have been the result of a dangerously romantic ski trip in Utah with girlfriend Taylor Swift.
However, many online trolls are putting the injury down to inexperience at shaving.
Grinning through the pain, Harry was all smiles, posing for a party photo posted to Twitter during his trip. He was much more shy walking through London’s Heathrow airport on Christmas Eve, keeping his chin down and covered with a high collar and black snood.
“Haylor”’s mini-break in Utah will be all the time that the young couple will be able to spend together over the holiday period, with Taylor jetting down under on promotional obligations while Harry spends time with his family in the UK.
Taylor and Harry have been on a whirlwind romance since meeting on the set of The X Factor USA in September.
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