Harry Styles had the shoes he was wearing stolen by fans.

The 'Sign of the Times' singer - who shot to fame after One Direction were formed on 'The X Factor' in 2010 - prefers to wear boots these days as they are much harder to get off, and he learned his lesson very early in his pop career.

Asked about the first time he got mobbed, he said: ''I lost my shoes. I think it was, we got off the train in Paris and I was walking and I ended up feeling like my feet weren't touching the floor, I was floating along and then I got in the car and was like 'I haven't got any shoes on'. That's why I started wearing boots.''

The 23-year-old star insists the constant spotlight never bothered him and he just felt very ''lucky'' to be a part of the group, who went on hiatus over 18 months ago.

Interviewed by his friend Nick Grimshaw on 'Harry at the BBC', he said: ''I found myself constantly surprised by the level of support we had and I felt like the luckiest guy to be part of that, it felt so much bigger than any one of us.''

After the 'What Makes You Beautiful' group - which originally also included Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik - went their separate ways, Harry ''disappeared'' to record his debut solo album and despite the band's huge fanbase, he insists he never took it for granted that the LP would be a success.

He said: ''I was very aware you can't assume anything, I disappeared a bit to make the album and wanted to make something I really loved, I didn't really know what was going to happen but I'm very lucky and thankful for everyone's that supported us.''