Until now, the lads, outside of colleague Harry Styles, have avoided controversy and scandal.
But this puts them in the same league as Justin Bieber. The singer has been videoed on several occasions smoking what appears to be pot and sipping the street concoction sizzurp.
Bieber has also been caught on video peeing in a mop bucket in a swanky New York City restaurant and throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house.
The video was shot on April 27 while the band was on tour in South America. They were riding in a van, heading to Peru’s Estadio Nacional in Lima for a concert that drew a sold-out crowd of 40,000, according to London’s Daily Mail.
Tomlinson, 22, is filming bandmate Malik, who is sitting beside him in the van. “So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!” Tomlinson laughingly declares.
“What do you think about that kind of content?” he asks Malik, 21, in apparent reference to the video.
“I think it’s very controversial,” he responds.
Check out the video below. Do you agree? Will this damage the boys’ reputation and hurt the band? Or make them even more popular?
Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest music news. For more on the story check out the Daily Mail.