Saturday 22 July 2017

'Are you asking for my number?' Niall Horan's flirty TV chat with Lorraine Kelly

Niall Horan and Lorraine
Niall Horan and Lorraine

Sean O'Grady

Niall Horan has one big fan in TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, as the two flirted up a storm on TV.

The Mullingar man was appearing on Lorraine's ITV show to promote his new music, but their chat soon turned flirty when the Irish charmer admitted his fresh tunes are "very sexual".

Of his new single Slow Hands, Niall said: "I thought I'd finished the album last November/December, then I had a thought in January that I wasn't, and I went back into the studio and I wrote Slow Hands in February.

"It was kind of like a last minute addition to the album.

Niall Horan performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack
Niall Horan performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

"Very sexual, Lorraine… I didn't want to say that in front of you, but I've said it now."

Far from being embarrassed, she was delighted with the way the conversation had turned.

"That's a good thing. Sex is one of the wonderful things in life, it is!" Lorraine said.

Niall replied: "What a wonderful woman. You are the loveliest woman in television."

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Niall Horan and Ariana Grande party with friends

He then said he doesn't mind the female attention that surrounds him.

"It's not as bad as you think. I'm quite reserved. Are you asking for my number? Because I wish you were [Lorraine]," he said, laughing.

Niall is confident One Direction will reunite one day but is currently enjoying life as a solo artist.

"It's a no-brainer really. Also, it's only been a year and a half. A year and a half in a lifespan is not that long," he said.

Niall discussed his solo ambitions, and said he was happy to take a break from his globally-adored band One Direction.

"I always say when we [One Direction] came into town, everyone knew we were here, we were a travelling circus. It was great, we were only kids - 17, 18, 19 - I feel like I am [old]," he said.

"I've been around the world. It's been nuts but it's been good just to be able to trim it back a little bit, and chill out. It's about time I matured in some way.

"Everyone's great. Everyone's bringing out all sorts of different types of music and we're all doing it at the same time, which is great.

"Everyone's getting a good look in. It's just been really fun actually. I've really enjoyed watching everyone.

"It's going to be weird actually, next month I'm doing a show in America, a radio show, and Liam [Payne] is doing it too."

Lorraine was keen to know if Niall had met his bandmate Liam and his partner Cheryl's baby boy, Bear but he said their hectic lives have got in the way.

"I'm going to try and see them this week actually, as I haven't met the kid yet,' he said.

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"I keep missing them. They're going to America, I'm coming back here and vice versa so I'm going to try and get down to them this week."

Niall also gushed about the "remarkable" time he had performing at Ariana Grande's One Love concert on Sunday, which raised- funds for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

"I'm good friends with Ariana. To get that call and to be invited was a real honour," he said.

"Just to be there on the day it was just unbelievable. I was kind of nervous about it, didn't know how it was going to play out. Was it going to be real sombre or good fun? It turned out it was an unbelievable mix of everything.

"Music is one of those things that pulls people together and everyone enjoys music of some sort, it was great. Music wins again," he added.

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