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The Wrong Direction? Niall Horan regrets leaving school before completing Leaving Certificate

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Niall Horan of One Direction performs onstage during the "Where We Are" tour at Met Life Stadium on August 4, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/OneD/Getty Images)

Niall Horan of One Direction performs onstage during the "Where We Are" tour at Met Life Stadium on August 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/OneD/Getty Images)

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Niall Horan pictured with his nephew at just four weeks (Photo: Instagram/Niall Horan)

Niall Horan pictured with his nephew at just four weeks (Photo: Instagram/Niall Horan)

Niall with rugby stars Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy.

Niall with rugby stars Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy.

Niall Horan and Caroline Wozniacki take a selfie at Wimbledon

Niall Horan and Caroline Wozniacki take a selfie at Wimbledon

Niall Horan as a young boy pictured in Derby City Football club Pride Park.

Niall Horan as a young boy pictured in Derby City Football club Pride Park.

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Niall Horan of One Direction performs onstage during the "Where We Are" tour at Met Life Stadium on August 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/OneD/Getty Images)

Irish singer and One Direction member Niall Horan left school when his music career took off thanks to The X Factor.

Niall Horan turned his back on his education when he was 16 years old.

The Mullingar native left school with no qualifications, after he was selected to join British boy band One Direction on talent show The X Factor.

The star recently turned 21, and has opened up about the decision to leave school at such a young age in the band’s latest book ‘Who We Are’.

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“My childhood was cut short by The X Factor because One Direction took off and I never really got the chance to finish school or do my exams or anything like that,” he writes.

He also admits that he had no idea that his career would sky rocket like it did.

“After the first audition, I packed up everything in my life in a bag. I didn't realise at the time that, when I was stuffing clothes into the little suitcase, that was pretty much me leaving home for good.”

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Recording artists Niall Horan (L) and Liam Payne of the music group One Direction attend the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena

Recording artists Niall Horan (L) and Liam Payne of the music group One Direction attend the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena

Recording artists Niall Horan (L) and Liam Payne of the music group One Direction attend the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena

Niall reveals that though he was far from a “bad boy” he wasn’t exactly a model pupil either, as he was once suspended from Catholic boys school Coláiste ­Mhuire in Mullingar.

“I maybe stole something when I was at school, like stuff off a friend,” he confessed, “I was not a bad boy but I got suspended for two days for general messing about. I talked too much which probably got me in trouble.”

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As a child, Niall attended St Kenny National School, where he showed early promise as a stage performer. As a teenager he performed at the Mullingar Arts Centre and at The Academy in Dublin, before fatefully attending The X Factor auditions in 2010.

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