He is the only Irish member of the band. He is currently signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist but remains a member of One Direction. Niall released his debut solo single This Town on 29 September, , and released his debut album, Flicker , on October 20, He began playing guitar at eleven years old and would perform shows around his homeland, including as a support act for Lloyd Daniels.
Simon voted yes, Cheryl voted no and Louis decided yes, leaving Niall's fate up to Katy. She deliberated, before eventually voting yes. At bootcamp, Niall sang "Champagne Supernova", but failed to qualify. Along with Harry Styles , Liam Payne , Louis Tomlinson , and Zayn Malik , Niall was eliminated as a solo artist but placed into what would become One Direction , instead of being eliminated from the entire series.
Niall, along with Louis, was not given regular solos to perform during the group's live weekly X Factor performances. One Direction qualified to the grand finale episode, where they finished in third place. The band released five best-selling albums between and Fans would often emphasise how Niall appeared to be shunned vocally, and a hashtag titled LetNiallSing would trend upon a new album release. Eventually Niall would go on to sing entire verses within One Direction songs.
He also gradually contributed more to the group's songwriting, telling fans that his knee injury in stopped him from contributing creatively to their fourth album. Solo Career On 3 February , it was announced Niall was opening a golfing management company with One Direction's former management team, Modest , called Modest! It aims to encourage younger players to take up the sport. On May 29, Niall held a charity golfing event, in collaboration with professional golfer Justin Rose .
The team opposed England, which fellow bandmate Louis played for. In July , Niall officially debuted Modest! Niall was the first remaining member of One Direction to release solo music during the band's hiatus.
On 20 May , songwriter Wayne Hector revealed he'd been writing with Niall. The song reached 1 on iTunes in 49 countries and became a top 10 single worldwide. On 5 December, Niall published a monthly letter for fans subscribed to his website, where he discussed the ongoing production of his album, stating: I'm currently 8 songs deep and ready for more On 4 May , Niall released his second single, " Slow Hands ". It was a critical and commercial success.
On 29 August , Niall began his first world tour, titled Flicker Sessions Niall released his debut album, Flicker , on October 20, It debuted at 1 in the United States, making Niall the third member of One Direction to achieve this. On 8 November , Wilhelmina Models announced Niall had signed a modelling contract with them. They divorced when he was five and his mother remarried. Niall has one older brother, Greg Horan. Greg has tweeted about feeling estranged from Niall since his rise to fame, hinting at ongoing familial tension.
Niall has spoken about their volatile early relationship, as Greg struggled to babysit Niall while their parents were both working full time.
His son, Theo, is Niall's nephew. Niall has eight cousins, some of whom live in Australia. Niall revealed in a interview that he was living with one of his cousins, Willie. Knee Injury Niall struggles with ongoing patellar subluxation, or an unstable kneecap . His first tweet regarding the injury was in October .
Niall eventually addressed the injury in One Direction's autobiography Who We Are , stating he first injured it during The X Factor whilst playing football, and that his doctor knew what was wrong as soon as he looked at Niall's knee . Niall has tweeted numerous times throughout the years about battling with pain symptoms that have often forced him to use crutches or sometimes sit down during concerts .
On 6 January , Niall travelled to the United States to undergo extensive surgery on his knee  . On 29 May , Niall described the surgery as "huge, not one I expected Fans criticised Niall's label and management team for allegedly delaying the surgery over 12 months, as Niall had first tweeted about needing an operation back in October .
Niall was still using crutches when he attended the Brit Awards with One Direction just 13 days after his surgery. Based on further social media postings, Niall was still recovering from his surgery in April , shortly before One Direction's third world tour, Where We Are , began .
His knee was injured again during that tour when a fan threw an object on stage . Niall still occasionally refers to his struggles on social media, he was initially hesitant to participate as a player in the May Soccer Aid charity match, stating on Twitter "if I knew for certain my kneecap wouldn't end up in row Z, I'd be out there". He eventually participated with no injuries. In October , Niall posted to Snapchat saying "my knee is in bits" after participating in the Ryder Cup. In March , Niall told fans at a soundcheck for his Flicker world tour that his other knee would also be needing an operation soon.
They broke up in due to his music career keeping them apart. Scally told media "We were apart for four weeks, which felt really long because we used to see each other all the time. One day Niall called and said "I think we should finish because I never see you. I think he felt bad because he kept saying "I'm so sorry. I liked him more than I'd let on.
I missed him but we still talked on Skype and we met up whenever he was back. A short video of Niall and Melissa holding hands as they walked through a casino in Australia went viral online later that month. Melissa and Niall were last seen together in London, at a Trekstock charity ball held by Liam in April It was widely reported the pair split by June because of long distance.
Ellie Goulding Niall and Ellie in December In , Ed Sheeran released a single called "Don't", which media reported was about British singer Ellie Goulding , Ed's supposed girlfriend at the time, and an alleged affair she had with Niall.
Sheeran and Goulding both denied the claims, with Sheeran explaining it was a rumour that got out of hand: What happened was one of the newspapers in England just printed that it was confirmed when it never was. We got in touch, and they took the story down. But obviously the damage had already been done by that point because every other newspaper picked up on it. So I never actually confirmed it".
Niall has never addressed the rumours. In June , Goulding confirmed she had been on dates with Niall but denied ever dating Sheeran, stating "I did go on a few dates with Niall but I was never in a relationship with Ed.
I have absolutely no idea where that came from and why it was turned into such a big thing. I find it so frustrating that female musicians are constantly defined by the men they have or haven't dated.
She killed it as always, so happy for her". Goulding responded with a love heart emoji. In , Goulding was Niall's answer for two romance based questions on two different chat shows. In January , a fan met Niall in Denver as he recovered from knee surgery. They left a note for him stating "Hope everything works out with Selena". They spent time together publicly in May and August , where fans took photos of them attending a concert and dining at a restaurant  .
They took pictures together with the same fan on July 13, . The pair were seen publicly spending time together in California throughout November and December .
During a November interview, Gomez described Niall as one of her 'best friends' . On December 13 , Gomez attended One Direction 's final X Factor performance before their hiatus, then attended the afterparty . Fans caught Gomez liking a video titled "Niall is hot", featuring Niall shirtless, on Instagram . Niall responded that he would sleep with Tina, go on a cruise with Demi and marry Selena. Controversies Niall was mobbed by a group of fans while leaving an airport.
He apologized for his language on Twitter later that day, but also asked fans not to stalk him. In one released video, Niall can be seen sitting in a room where drug paraphernalia is visible on the table in front of him. The magazine was eventually made to apologise for the fabrication in , after Niall filed a successful lawsuit against them . Fans felt the comment was sexist towards women and offensive toward Harry.
While fans addressed both Niall and co-host James Corden , asking for an apology, neither responded. Niall has previously noted his particular talent for avoiding controversy since becoming famous, especially in comparison to his bandmates.
He has said that because he tries to lead a normal life, as a result he does not court the same amount of publicity as the rest of the band seems to.