Wednesday 29 March 2017

Niall Horan reveals he gets lifts home from the Gardai after nights out in Mullingar

Niall Horan said he still misses his band-mates after they went their separate ways earlier in the year
Niall Horan said he still misses his band-mates after they went their separate ways earlier in the year
Graham Norton
One Direction
Chris O'Dowd at the IFTA Awards 2016
Amy Adams attending the BFI London Film Festival screening of Arrival at the Odeon Leicester Square, London
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Niall Horan has revealed that he gets lifts home from the Gardai after nights out in Mullingar, although it's for a different reason than he used to.

The One Direction heartthrob told The Graham Norton Show on Friday night that when he returns to Mullingar from travelling the world, the Gardai drop him home.

However, the 23-year-old said that lifts home from the Gardai used to be for a different reason before he became part of the most famous boyband in the world.

"Sometimes at Christmas, when there are no taxis, I start walking home and the police will drive past me and pick me up and bring me home."

Graham Norton
Graham Norton

"I remember when they used to do that for a different reason," he laughed.

The Mullingar native told host Graham Norton that since One Direction announced that they were taking a break last year, Niall finally got to do one of the things he missed out on because of fame.

"At the start of the year, the plan was to go backpacking, so we did it," he said.

"Me and two of my cousins met another cousin who was living in Australia. We went to Bali first, it p*ssed rain for four days, it was no good. I nearly got my wallet robbed by a monkey so that wasn't great."

One Direction
One Direction

"Then we went to the Philippines, and did a couple of islands there.  Then Vietnam, Cambodia, all the temples and stuff."

When asked why the multi-millionaire chose to do the trip on a budget, he said that he "wanted to do it properly."

"All of my friends got to do it, but I was travelling the world in a different way. I just thought 'It's only fair that I get to do it.'"

"We went to the hostels when we went drinking because they were good craic. You'd be surprised what 20 quid gets you."

The star revealed that he misses coming home to Ireland and that things get "hectic" when he does.

"I go home a couple of times a year. It gets kinda hectic around the house. I miss Ireland. I'd like to go there a lot more."

Niall was joined on the show by comedian and Roscommon man Chris O'Dowd, actress Amy Adams and actor Jeremy Renner.

Chris and Niall discussed the pressures of fame, and how when they return to Ireland they're careful to show that they haven't "lost the run of themselves."

Chris O'Dowd at the IFTA Awards 2016
Chris O'Dowd at the IFTA Awards 2016

"We were out for breakfast a few weeks ago and I ordered orange juice," said Chris.

"And everyone at the table went, 'Ooh, look at this L.A. man ordering orange juice!'"

While Niall admitted that people say he's well off when he buys drinks for his friends in the pub.

"It's only a few pints, I don't know if that shows that I'm doing good," he laughed.

Niall also revealed that One Direction could come back together again in the "foreseeable future".

When asked about the band's future on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, the solo artist, 23, said: "For now we are doing our own thing. We can't put a date on it but it won't be in 50 years' time.

"It's in the foreseeable future. We've talked about it but for now we'll just play by ear and see what happens."

Following the recent release of his latest single This Town, he said that he still misses his band-mates after they went their separate ways earlier in the year.

He said: "Of course I do (miss them). We were all writing and recording, but recently I have begun to think, 'This is it now. I am writing an album for me and I am probably going to tour it on my own'."

He also dispelled rumours that the love song was written about any particular person.

Explaining that it was based on his home town in Ireland, he said: "It's sort of about Mullingar but it has a double meaning. Everything comes back to home, but there is the female aspect too.

"Everyone wants to know but it's not about anyone in particular. I've cleared that up on national television now."

Adams, 42, confirmed plans to bring Disenchanted - a sequel to Disney cult film Enchanted - to the screen are in the pipeline.

And she added that she is determined to be re-cast as the same character.

"They've got a director and they are developing a script," the mother said.

Amy Adams attending the BFI London Film Festival screening of Arrival at the Odeon Leicester Square, London
Amy Adams attending the BFI London Film Festival screening of Arrival at the Odeon Leicester Square, London

"I'm hoping I am in it. I'm not going to let anyone else play Giselle."

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