Former Westlife star relates to Niall

Brian McFadden has struck up a bond with Niall Horan.

The former Westlife star had fun hanging out with One Direction‘s Niall, 20, when they sat side by side at the Ultimate Fighting Championship in London earlier this year.

Paul Higgins, who is One Direction‘s security manager, worked with Westlife and me as a solo artist,’ says Brian, 34.

‘He’s an old friend, so we all went for a boys’ night out, it was great.’

Brian can see a lot of similarities between himself and fellow Irishman Niall.

‘I get on well with Niall – he’s a good kid,’ says Brian.

‘He reminds me of myself when I was younger. He’s Irish! He’s a cheeky chap, but a really nice fella.

‘He’s got a good head on his shoulders as well.’

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