Niall Horan splits from girlfriend Melissa Whitelaw, but denies romance with Ariana Grande
Irish boyband star Niall Horan has reportedly split from girlfriend Melissa Whitelaw due to long distance - which has nothing to do with his late night partying with popstar Ariana Grande.
Ariana and One Direction's Niall partied into the early hours on Monday night, but representatives insist that the pair are just friends.
According to TMZ, Ariana and Niall were joined by their respective entourages and it was "anything but intimate".
The two young stars headed to Cirque Le Soir nightclub in London, where they hung out until 3.30AM, before leaving separately.
An insider has revealed that Mullingar native Niall has split from Australian student Melissa Whitelaw.
The 21-year-old singer was first romantically linked with the Australian student in February.
Niall experienced a brief break in April and May from performing concerts with the band on their On the Road Tour, but even though Melissa allegedly visited him in London a couple months ago, it’s claimed they just couldn’t make it work.
“Niall and Melissa did well to keep their romance low-profile during their time together. They were really close and had fun whenever they went out together,” an insider explained to British newspaper The Sun, noting their homes were nearly 10,000 miles apart.
“But realistically they always knew it was going to be tough, keeping a relationship going with such distance between them.”
One Direction’s On the Road Tour kicks off once again on June 5 in Cardiff, Wales.
And it’s claimed Niall intends to drown out the sorrow of the breakup by committing wholeheartedly to his professional pursuits.
“He now intends to focus totally on the band,” the source noted.
Previous reports suggested Niall and Melissa were getting very serious, as he even introduced her to all his friends and family in Ireland.