It started with a tweet: Niall Horan 'didn't kiss' Australian model Melissa Anne
Niall Horan is not dating Melissa Anne.
One Direction fans were up in arms when it was reported that the hunky singer was spotted kissing a pretty mystery brunette in a bar in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend.
While it has since been revealed that the girl in question is a journalism student and budding singer-songwriter named Melissa Anne, a source has now confirmed to British newspaper The Sun that the pair are merely old friends and did not lock lips.
"Niall and Melly have known each other for ages," the insider divulged. "They didn't kiss on Sunday. He was just leaning in to talk to her because of the noise in the bar."
Fans of the Irish boybander were devastated when news got around that he had been spotted in an intimate embrace with the pretty 21-year-old.
"OMG Niall Horan and Melissa. They were seen in a casino, they kissed. And he held her by the waist and playing with her hair [sic]," one fan tweeted.
While the pair have indeed been spending plenty of time together since the group touched down in Australia earlier this month, Melissa is reportedly friends with all the boys and there has been speculation that she actually has a boyfriend already.
Niall and 1D bandmate Harry Styles, both 21, let their hair down with a trip to Melbourne’s Crown Casino on Sunday night. Onlookers described them both as very friendly with fellow patrons and only too happy to take photos and chat with fans during their outing.
One Direction played their first of seven Australian shows in Sydney on February 7. After heading to Brisbane and Melbourne, they will play in Adelaide tonight before wrapping in Perth on February 20.