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Now, here's an odd celeb pairing.

Mullingar man Niall Horan has his fair share of celebrity pals – he's hung out with everyone from Selena Gomez to Ariana Grande over the last few months.

But one celebrity we'd never have paired the One Direction star with is writer and actress Lena Dunham, the mastermind behind HBO's Girls.

Turns out we were missing a trick though, as the two have indeed been having the chats on social media. Well, they've had one exchange at least.

Things kicked off when Niall tweeted the official Girls account on Monday to pass on his praise for the "absolutely hilarious" show:

And while Niall seems to be a big fan of Lena's work, we're not sure the feeling is mutual, as her response was definitely a dig at 1D's lyrics.

Posting a screenshot of the tweet to her Instagram, Lena ripped off the lyrics to Perfect, adding in a few key Girls references.

"But if you like having panic attacks up in hotel rooms / And if you like a lot of complex fear stuff around men and sex," she wrote.

"If you like to do the things you’re too ashamed to admit to anyone but your therapist / Then baby, I’m perfect." 

Oh, and the best part? She doesn't even follow him on Twitter, at least not if her screenshot is telling the truth:

Hmmm… wonder if this is Lena's revenge for Harry Styles' d*ckhead treatment to her bestie Taylor Swift?

Either way, there's no reply from Niall as yet. Hopefully he saw the funny side…


Just days after returning from her "heavenly" Italian honeymoon with new husband Ricky Van Veen, actress Allison Williams got back to reality last week.

The Girls star was pictured walking her dog Moxie in New York – flashing some new bling thanks to her recent wedding.

With her platinum engagement band turned inward, Allison's sleek diamond eternity ring was clearly visible, set off perfectly by a bright red autumn manicure.


Allison and College Humor founder Ricky tied the knot in Saratoga, Wyoming, last month, with the bride in a stunning custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown.

In order to throw paps off the scent and give the couple some privacy on their big day, a second decoy wedding site was set up a few miles away from the actual venue at Brush Creek Ranch.


A photo posted by Allison Williams (@aw) on

Allison and Ricky's 200-strong guest list included Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Diane Von Furstenberg, with many guests flying to LA together the next morning for the Emmys.

Tom Hanks was even on hand to officiate the ceremony for Allison and Ricky, who met back in 2011.


A photo posted by Allison Williams (@aw) on

After celebrating with family and friends, the newlyweds headed off to Portofino, Italy for their honeymoon, with Allison posting this gorgeous snap shortly after their return to the US.

"Honeymoon was Heavenly and I'm Happy to be Home," she wrote alongside the photo of herself posing against a beautiful moonlit backdrop.


Honeymoon was Heavenly & I'm Happy to be Home

A photo posted by Allison Williams (@aw) on

We have serious life envy right now.


On a long-haul flight a couple of months ago, I was scrolling through the TV shows on offer when I came across the Holy Grail: every series of Sex and the City. Ever.

I proceeded to spend the next 12 hours in a haze of Manolo Blahniks, Cosmopolitans and never-ending brunches. It was the best flight I’ve had in a long time, even though I was seated next to someone’s cranky baby and a snoring man. I didn’t care – I had Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte.

But even though I still laughed at the girls’ antics (and still questioned Carrie’s bizarre outfit choices), some of the plot lines just didn’t ring true for me anymore. In fact, ten years on from the show’s finale, it all seemed a little dated.

No longer is it the height of indecency to discuss sex with your friends, or to go for exactly what you want in the bedroom or at work. Many of the things that made Sex and the City so risqué are now just a part of every woman’s normal life.

HBO has since moved on to a more current viewpoint with Girls, which is certainly a more relevant show for any Millennial. There’s no high fashion, Vogue, or power suits – the Girls girl has a realistic body shape, reads Jezebel and Gawker, and drinks beer, not cocktails. It might not be a glamorous outlook on life, but it’s certainly closer to what most twenty-somethings go through every day.

Despite all of this, there is still something that draws me back to Sex and the City every time.

One thing that SATC has in spades is strong female friendships. The SATC girls were there for each other through it all – bad one-night stands, breakups, fertility problems and even cancer. Sure, there was the odd tense moment, but what female friendship doesn’t have those?

In contrast, Hannah, Marnie, Shoshanna and Jessa are always slightly detached and distant from each other, never really bothering to fight one another’s corner. I know I’d much rather subscribe to the SATC model of friendship than to say, as Hannah Hobart does, “I’m not interested in anything [my friends] have to say. That’s not the point of friendship.” Ouch.

Girls might portray life as it is lived by most 18 – 25 year olds these days, but perhaps it’s a little too close to home? I love the sharp wit and relatable role models, but when I need a pick-me-up, I’ll still turn to Carrie and co.