Monday 22 July 2019

Niall Horan admits he 'struggles to completely relax' in Ireland

Recording artist Niall Horan attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Recording artist Niall Horan attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Singer Niall Horan performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Amy Mulvaney

Niall Horan has admitted that he "struggles to completely relax" when he's in Ireland.

The Mullingar native revealed his plans to travel to Ireland for Christmas, saying he's "looking forward to getting home" but says he struggles to "completely relax" when he's here.

“I’m going to head home and chill out as it’s been hectic the last few months," he wrote in a letter on his website.

“Looking forward to getting home at Christmas."

Singer Niall Horan performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singer Niall Horan performs onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“I haven’t been home since last Christmas so I miss everyone and hopefully this year I’ll get to spend some quality time with family and friends."

“I really do wish I could spend more time at home but with Ireland as small as it is, I struggle to completely relax."

“So fingers crossed because I miss that place a lot.”

The 23-year-old also revealed that he will be laying low until early next year to focus on his debut solo album.

Niall became the first current member of One Direction to release a solo single, This Town, in September, and he has been busy working to record other new material for his first solo album.

Now, the singer has revealed plans to disappear from the public eye until February to allow him to finish the project in peace.

"I'm currently 8 songs deep and ready for more," he shared in a handwritten letter to his fans, which he posted online. "I want to take my time with no pressure and make sure I get it right. I'm quite the self critic, which I like about myself. So I'll let you know when I'm done."

Niall has just a few bookings to complete before locking himself in the studio, and is expected to appear on an upcoming episode of America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and perform on the ongoing Jingle Ball U.S. tour.

"After Christmas I'm gonna fall off the face of the earth and do one of my disappearing acts," he continued. "I want to come up with more song ideas and get back in the writing zone. So have a lovely Christmas and happy New Year and I'll see ya in Feb (sic)."

Niall previously opened up about taking his time to record the album and revealed fans shouldn't expect the finished product until 2018.

"The album's nowhere near done yet. I haven't even finished writing it yet...," he said during an appearance on Australian DJ Kent 'Smallzy' Small's radio show in September. "I wouldn't be expecting it this year and I wouldn't expect to hear it next year."

Additional reporting by Cover Media.

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