'I was a cocky little idiot on X Factor', says Niall Horan
Niall Horan has opened up on the pressures of fame in a new RTE 2 show.
In an interview for Celebrity Bites which airs next Monday, the 1D star (22) has revealed what a rollercoaster ride the past few years have been.
"We thought we worked super hard on the X Factor. The days were mad," he said.
"We were all new to it so obviously people who were working with us and for us have done this for ages. So we were just going with what they were telling us - do this photoshoot, this interview and your whole day of press.
"And we were just going with it - doing the tours. We've done five albums, five tours. That was a bubble for a while. We've never had the chance to actually sit down.
"This is the first time in ages that I've probably sat down and spoken about it, about things that I've done and achieved - and then you just sit back and go 'Woa, calm down for a second. What's just happened?'"
The Mullingar native, who's rumoured to be dating Hollywood princess Selena Gomez, said that he still pinches himself occasionally.
"I always see this sign that fans do out of a Tweet that I wrote in January 2010 and it said 'Just applied for the X Factor, hope it all works out' and they love showing that and then you're standing in a stadium or something like that (and you go) I suppose it did."
Niall admits he was like a "cocky idiot" during his first X-Factor audition as he was so full of nerves. "There's something about Simon (Cowell). Everyone sees him as this God because he is the X-Factor, which is fair enough.
"That's half the reason why I was so nervous at my audition and I ended up looking like a cocky little idiot, just full of confidence. It was just nerves."
The documentary also interviews music mogul Louis Walsh as well as Voice of Ireland coaches Niall Breslin and Westlife star Kian Egan as it looks at the phenomenon of talent search competitions.
Celebrity Bites airs on RTE2 at 9pm next Monday