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Niall Horan
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Full name

Niall James Horan


September 13, 1993 (age 21)


Mullingar, County Westmeath
Republic of Ireland




Bobby Horan, father
Maura Gallagher, mother
Chris Gallagher, stepfather
Greg Horan, brother
Denise Horan, sister-in-law
Theo Horan, nephew


Holly Scally (ex-girlfriend)

Niall James Horan[1] (born September 13, 1993) is a member of One Direction along with Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and former member Zayn Malik

Early Life


Niall as a kid.

Niall was born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. He is the son of Bobby Horan and Maura Gallagher. His only sibling is an older brother named Greg. Bobby and Maura divorced in 1998 when Niall was five years old. He lived in both parents' homes before finally settling with his dad.[2] He felt that living in Mullingar was the easiest thing to do at the time, because all of his friends were there.

Niall's stepfather is from England, and he has family there. Niall was a pupil at Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar, a boys' Christian Brothers school. He got 3 B's, 3 C's and 3 D's in his Junior Certificate[3]. He has been playing guitar since he was around eleven years old, and performed around his homeland, including as a support act for Lloyd Daniels, in Dublin.

Music career

Main article: One Direction History
One Direction's Niall Horan Full Audition03:14

One Direction's Niall Horan Full Audition

Niall Horan's audition "So Sick"

In 2010, at sixteen years old, Niall auditioned for the seventh series of The X Factor UK in Dublin.[4] He sang "So Sick", and received mixed comments from the judges. Louis Walsh was in his favor, but Cheryl Cole and guest judge Katy Perry, felt he needed some time to grow. Simon voted to let him through, Cheryl said no, and Louis quickly added in his yes, and left Niall's fate up to Katy. She decided to vote yes, and Niall was put through to bootcamp.

At bootcamp, Niall sang "Champagne Supernova", but failed to qualify for the "Boys" category. After a suggestion from guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, Niall was put into a group with four other boys, who also failed to move on in the competition, but since they were too good to let go the judges decided to agree with Nicole. Niall, along with Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik formed One Direction. Harry came up with the group name. They began competing every week until the finals where they received 3rd place, closely behind Rebecca Ferguson, who came 2nd, and Matt Cardle who won the competition.

Following The X Factor, One Direction signed a record contract with Sony Music subsidiary Syco Music . They released their first studio album, Up All Nightwhich became a big hit around the world and came out first. In November 2012, One Direction released their newest album Take Me Home, starting with Live While We're Young.


Credits adapted from album liner notes

Up All Night

Take Me Home

Midnight Memories


Personal Life


His parents are divorced, and his mom is remarried. He has a brother, Greg, a nephew, Theo, and a cat, Jess.



Niall with Holly

Holly Scally

Niall was dating Holly before he appeared on The X Factor (UK). He stated that they were sweet hearts and that they'd be forever together.When he was on the show because he wanted to concentrate on his career so they broke up. Two years later, she was the victim of a cruel internet rumour claiming she had died of cancer.


  • "I like anything that's edible..." (Favorite Things)
  • "Yes, Liam, Good Answer!"
  • "I'm a big fat idiot!"
  • "I want to have sold out arenas, an album..." (X Factor Audition)
  • "Well, personally, I wouldn't like to be a food, because I wouldn't want to be eaten." (X Factor Diary 7)
  • "POTATO!" (X Factor, Xtra Factor)


  • Trademarks:
    • His blonde hair. (Note: that it's naturally brown and is/has been bleached/dyed ever since he was 12)
    • His Irish accent.
    • His laugh.
    • His carefree attitude.
  • He loves sports. Especially football.
  • Meeting athletes makes him feel star struck.
  • His favourite place to eat is Nando's.
  • He has a Nando's Black Card which lets him have unlimited Nando's for him and five friends at any Nando's restaurant for free.
  • His starsign is Virgo.
  • His eyes are light blue.
  • He often talks in his sleep, a condition called somniloquy.
  • He is 5 feet 7 inches (170.18 centimeters tall).
  • He has size 8 feet.
  • His favorite color is green.
  • He is left handed.
  • Niall's microphone has the colors of the Irish flag stuck to the bottom of it.
  • His favorite band is The Eagles.
  • The only book Niall has ever read is 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.
  • His guitar was the best Christmas present he ever received.
  • His favorite subject in school was geography.
  • He never went to his school prom.
  • On the X-Factor, Katy Perry told Niall not to let her down. The day their album came out in the U.S. she tweeted Niall saying "Congratulations, you didn't let me down".
  • He is Claustrophobic.
  • He is the only band member who doesn't have a tattoo.
  • Niall's favourite songs are 'Fly Me to the Moon' by Frank Sinatra and 'Boys of Summer' by Don Henley.
  • When he was younger, Niall had Coulrophobia - a fear of clowns.
  • Niall had fish named Tom and Jerry, but they died due to being over fed.
  • Niall is a huge Barack Obama fan.
  • Niall has a nephew named Theo.
  • He's good friends with Marvin (JLS) and Rochelle (The Saturdays) Humes.
  • His celebrity crushes are Kate Beckinsale and Emma Watson.
  • He has a fear of birds.
  • He loves Michael Bublé.
  • He has now declared his fans #CrazyMofos.
  • He had braces in 2011.
  • He hates in when he's asked for a follow back, he stated that if you want a follow back ask him how his day was.
  • He can speak Spanish.
  • He has a book which consists of all the headlines that Derby (his favourite team) have ever made.
  • Niall is Catholic.
  • He's not a fan of Disney movies.
  • He loves potatoes.

External Links


  1. @niallofficial. "...Its James". January 13, 2011.
  2. The Ex Factor. Sunday World. 2010.
  3. Junior certificate grades
  4. Mullingar teen has got the X Factor. Westmeath Examiner. July 7, 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 @Savan_Kotecha. Twitter. Confirming Niall's guitar contributions. November 5, 2012.

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