WORLD EXCLUSIVE One Direction's Irish teen idol reveals what's 
really going on with the US X Factor judge

He’s the cheeky Irish One Direction star it’s impossible not to love.

Relentlessly upbeat, Niall Horan clearly enjoys every moment of being in one of the world’s biggest pop bands.

And his infectious positivity has won him a legion of fans in America.

Although bandmate Harry Styles might get the lion’s share of attention from famous ladies here, in the States everyone from Katy Perry to Demi Lovato has admitted that Niall is their favourite member of 1D.

In fact, thanks to some intervention from cupid Simon Cowell, US X Factor judge Demi, 20, has struck up a close friendship with the 19-year-old.

‘What actually happened was that I always used to say in my interviews that I liked her and she also said she liked me,’ Niall, 19, tells Now’s Dan Wootton.

‘We got in contact through Twitter and we just started chatting and became friends.

‘Demi’s one of the nicest girls I know. She’s super-cool.

‘She always texts me to see how I am. But nothing ever really happened.

‘When I’ve been in LA and had a few hours to myself, I’ve seen her a couple of times.

‘We did go for a bit of dinner after the MTV Video Music Awards.’

That sounds like a date to us! So have you kissed?

‘No, no – I wish!’

Read Dan Wootton’s full interview with Niall Horan in Now magazine dated 5 November – out now! 

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