I’m a One Direction fan, and here are some interesting facts about Niall Horan, their 18 year-old, golden voiced guitarist. Niall means, “Champion,” and with millions of fans and 700,000 followers on Twitter, he’s living up to his Celtic name. Born Niall James Horan in Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland on Sept. 13th, 1993, he is the only band member who isn’t from England. Like 1D mate Liam Payne, Niall is a Virgo (analytical and precise), yet he claims he’s an emotional guy and that he wears his heart on his sleeve. Niall’s Dad, Bobby, describes his son as “a lovely, well-mannered, well brought up lad.” Sweet testimonial from your Da!

Facts About Niall HoranCredit: WikipediaFrequently, female fans ask Niall to marry them; he always kiddingly answers with a “yes.” He tweeted “I hate it when girls act stupid ‘cause they think it’s cute; Intelligence is sexy.” Niall has told The Sun that In America he has received at least ten invitations to go to proms (he never attended his own). He says he would only date a fan on one condition - that she didn’t scream in his face. A dedicated soccer fan, Niall supports English football club Derby County; he attended his first game at age of 4 and later regularly flew from Ireland to the UK to attend their matches. He was recently anointed the Derby County mascot at an away game against Lutton Town, and he can be seen in the stands wearing his Irish-emerald green cap with his name embroidered on the back.

Some stranger facts about Niall Horan are that he has two fears – Claustrophobia (fear of small, confined spaces) and pigeons! His Da told the Sunday Mirror that when his son is surrounded by hordes of female fans he can’t catch his breath, that it’s frightening, especially at airports when the girls crowd around his car and block the windows.

His fear of pigeons stems from an incident when one flew in the bathroom window where he was “having a wee.” He feels “targeted” by the birds and gets extremely nervous when they seem at outdoor venues. But he’s also crazy for giraffes, being photographed cuddling a toy one. When asked why he loves them so much, he responded, “They’re so long. I wish I was one, then maybe I’d be taller.” Niall is five-seven, but to his adoring fans, he’s gigantic.

And some music facts about Niall Horan are that his favorite bands are Coldplay, The Eagles, Bon Jovi, and The Script; his favorite song is “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay, but his “absolute hero” is Canadian singer Michael Buble. His very favorite album is Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits, with Michael Buble’s Crazy Love second. His favorite on his own album, Up All Night, is One Thing, which reached number 9 in the UK last January. A musician most of his life, he claims the best Christmas present he ever received was his guitar. He is left-handed (1 out of 10 musicians, like Sir Paul McCartney are too).

Niall appeared solo on television’s X Factor, and Katy Perry, a guest judge, was reluctant to put Niall through to the next round, but she did, (Niall sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick in the first round) admonishing him, “Don’t let us down!” Later, when 1D reached number one in the U.S. with Up All Night, she personally congratulated him on Twitter (his profile is @NiallOfficial). He admits he has a crush on Perry; when he met her at the Teen Choice awards he said, “My life was literally flashing before my eyes!”

He also admits to being in love with 33-year-old Northern Irish TV star Christine Bleakley. He considers Christine amazing, admitting to loving older women. Although eight years older, English singer Paloma Faith says she fancies Niall, telling We Love Pop, “I love him. He can be my toyboy. I wouldn’t mind having a younger boyfriend.” Niall also has a bit of a wow crush on Michelle Obama, telling Digital Spy, “She’s an amazing-looking lady, and I’m a massive Barack Obama fan.” On his 18th birthday his band mates bought him a life-size Barack Obama model. But Niall admits that his dream date would be iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove.

Niall has only entirely read one book, To Kill a Mockingbird. He told the Daily Mirror that a female fan gave him a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. He read the first page and put it down, claiming he liked it but obviously not enough to go further. And I know some sexy facts about Niall Horan: He occasionally doesn’t wear underwear, claiming he likes “to go free and easy from time to time.” In January 2012, band mate Louis Tomlinson yanked Niall’s pants down at a service station before some fans; luckily Niall was wearing drawers that day!

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