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One Direction swiftly became one of the biggest boy bands of all time following their stint on The X Factor. Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik lives were transformed overnight.

Fans followed them everywhere they went, their songs took over the charts and their names were known all across the globe.

They were living the dream, but former member Liam Payne has now revealed it wasn’t all it fun and games.

In an interview with Men’s Health, the Strip That Down singer said he had to drink to cope with the sheer level of fame they were experiencing.

He explained that there were many moments when he couldn’t quite wrap his head around what was happening to him.

“When you’re doing hundreds and hundreds of [concerts] and it’s the same 22 songs at the same time every single day, even if you’re not happy, you’ve got to go out there,” he shared.

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“It’s almost like putting the Disney costume on before you step up on stage and underneath the Disney costume I was pissed quite a lot of the time because there was no other way to get your head around what was going on. I mean it was fun. We had an absolute blast but there were certain parts of it where it just got a little bit toxic.”

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“It’s difficult when you have the level of fame that we had in the band. There have been a lot of people in trouble with mental health that aren’t really getting the help that they need and I think that’s a bit of a problem in our industry.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The singer admitted he never felt in control during his time in One Direction and that is something he continues to fight with.

“I still struggle with it now. I really struggle to say no because I don’t like to let people down. It’s in my nature,” the For You singer concluded.

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We decided to investigate Harry Styles' net worth, instead of focusing on our own empty bank balance. It's somewhat cathartic.

The former star of One Direction has made a crazy amount of cash, and we decided to do some digging. For research purposes…

His infamous hair is earned him numerous endorsements, and the band itself made most of their earnings from their Pepsi days and touring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While they may be on a very extended 'break', Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson became millionares after chugging out album after album in a short space of time.

First of all, 1D sales are beyond insane. According to RIAA, One Direction has sold $13.5 million in digital singles, which is basically in downloaded singles alone.

Their album sales are also on the high end of the spectrum; 2013’s Midnight Memories was that year’s best-selling album, selling a whopping 4 million copies worldwide.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Let's not forget the merch, shall we? Piles of cash came in from their 2014 Where We Are Tour in particular. It became the highest-grossing tour of the year with $290.2 million.

Their 2013 Take Me Home tour also made $114 million, and 2015’s On the Road Again Tour made $208 million. So they've got plenty to brag about.

Bear in mind, the money had to be divided in five as well as siphoned off to their management and those who worked on set and on tour with them. STILL, it's cold hard cash.

LOOK HOW CUTE THEY WERE:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Their merch strategy was out of this world; they could have sold a dirty old sock and fans would pay millions for it. You can still find merch of the bands actually..might get some more?

Their This Is Us movie earned a casual $8.9 million on its opening day alone, so there's that too. We confess, we went to see it, Twice.

One Direction also made sure to work with brands to get endorsements, such as Toyota and Pepsi.

Apart from all that coin he made in the infamous boy band, Harry also had his self-titled debut album and movie roles as part of his earnings.

His self-titled musical offering sold well, with one million copies being bought to be exact, and his solo tour making $62 million

His role in Dunkirk presumably paid well, and his modelling for GUCCI tailoring also gave him a handsome salary.

His L.A. home was only recently put on the market for $7.495 million, so he's got some money tied up in real estate property, and a $6.8 million NYC apartment, as well as his $3 million London home.

Which means…according to Celebrity Net Worth, our boy Harry has a total of $75 million to his name.

We just shed a single tear for the state of our financial independence…

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Gavin James is known for his love of Whelan's, his stunning voice which produces banger after banger, and his ability to make friends with pretty much anyone.

The singer-songwriter, who has achieved massive chart success at home and abroad with tunes such as Always, Glow and Nervous, from his breakthrough album Bitter Pill back in 2015.

We sat down for a chat with the man himself, who is the new ambassador for the Cadbury Secret Santa campaign, to chat to him about his "f*cking hilarious" father, his home away from home and his favourite celebrities, among other (random) things.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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James has been known for his love and support for charities, especially Down's Syndrome Ireland, so it's not surprising that he's choosing a generous movement like Cadbury Secret Santa to represent this Christmas.

A Dairy Milk gift can be sent anywhere in Ireland for free, either anonymously or personalised, to someone you love. Frankly, that's adorable. After posting the very first Secret Santa gift of the campaign, Gavin speaks about what drew him to Cadbury.

"I have always loved the Secret Santa ritual; the excitement of sending a gift in secret and the anticipation of receiving a gift anonymously – it’s so much fun! My dad is also essentially Santa." After pointing his dad out to me, I had to agree. He was merry with a white beard.

The artist brings his family and friends with him to gigs any chance he gets: “Its good to be able to bring them away with me. Every time I have a gig in Ireland my entire family goes, I brought my dad to a photoshoot today, which is f*cking hilarious.”

Asking him about his early days of gigging in tiny pubs, and dedicated to his then-rock band, he describes why he transitioned into acoustic songwriting, despite still having an intense love for his electric guitar.

"I started off with my mates in Temple Bar, my hair was huge. I was also trying to sing high but I couldn’t sing falsetto when I was younger, I had a raspy voice back then and couldn’t pronounce the letter 's'.I never try to transition, genres just kind of come on their own, I think."

We're glad he found his niche, his musical talent started for him at a very young age, surrounded by musical talent within his own family. His latest album, Only Ticket Home, hit number one in Ireland and has already surpassed a million streams.

He describes his latest offering as a dedication to the art of "simplicity", with most of the songs only having four chords. 

"They're not trying to be smart. There was one song that didn’t make the album because I tried to record it and it just didn’t turn out right. It was the best song I’ve written in a long time, but it sounded too far away from the right sound of the album. I have it in my back pocket for next year though. I found loads of songs in the cloud, I was chuffed."

"There was like 40 but 33 of them were shit. I usually have 100 ideas but one works. The first idea is always the best song. It’s like a buffet, the first thing you look at is always what you want.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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James has toured with some absolutely huge names in music, among them are Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan, Sam Smith and Kodaline, to name a few. With all this talent around him, we have to ask which artists have impressed him the most.

"Bands like Vulfpeck are absolutely insane, they’re so good at playing stuff that I absolutely cannot understand. It’s insane, like Stevie Wonder-esque.”

“Foy Vance sang songs next to me, and his voice starts low and aggressively builds up and I don’t even know how he exists. He’s insane.”“When it comes to Secret Santa gifts, Gavin's already done his bit for fellow musicians… and their skin, apparently. "Sam Smith. I gave him aloe vera before, he loved that. He’s a really nice guy.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We're sure Sam would say the same about Gavin, but is there anyone in the industry who he has been disillusioned by, who maybe brushed him off? It's a notoriously tough industry, which requires a thick skin for survival. IT seems James has a level-headed approach to the whole 'fame' thing.

"There are people I don’t want to meet purely because it would ruin how I feel about them, people I totally idolise, sometimes they’re just not in the mood and you don't want to annoy them. Everybody I’ve ever met has been really friendly to me though, but if someone isn’t being nice to me, I’ll tell them. I don’t mind saying that to people. It’s easier to be nice."

"I couldn't meet Ryan Adams because I love him so much, and Bruce Springsteen. He’s meant to be the nicest man in the world. I’d love to meet him but I’d be bricking it. I’d probably just say “thank you, Bruce, for all of these songs.”

"When it comes to growing Irish talent, I love David Keenan. He’s class. His lyrics are amazing. He has a song called Laurence of Arcadia with lyrics like;

“You're looking at the last know bar stool prophet to retire early from the trade, I'm going fishing for pearls of wisdom. I'll be dancing through the pissing rain. You're welcome to join me you annoyance, for I find you quite amusing all the same." It's amazing."

Irish artists have repeatedly found success abroad, yet the UK and US markets are infamously hard to break into. Why have some Irish artists such as U2, The Script, Hozier and now Dermot Kennedy made it big over there, and some slip through the cracks?

“The UK is a tough market. It’s a weird one, like the Netherlands kicked off for me because they love a sad song, and I'm good at those. I brought out a Live at Whelans track, and was told it would reach top of the Dutch charts by Christmas. I didn't believe it, because it was a live recording. Then it went number one in the Netherlands, but no one would think of a live recording doing that.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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His second album, Only Ticket Home, is still distinctly within the style of his debut, and James makes sure that his roots can come across in his lyrics. When he's in Dublin, he loves chilling with his friends in the pub, living out a normal life despite his new-found fame.

Where are his favourite parts of Dublin, and if he had to move, where would he find himself?

“Whelan’s, but I spend most of my time in Temple Bar, even though it’s seven euros a pint.” *shivers*

"Where Doran’s used to be, my mate Robbie owns a little snug next to it, an Irish pub. I always go there because it seems like a little secret spot where I’d just have a pint with my mates.”

“I’ve never been to Coppers. I tried to get in years ago, I think they were closing up. They must have a quota of guys named Gavin or gingers, so I couldn’t get in.” (Can you BELIEVE this Dubliner hasn't stepped foot in the notorious nightclub? We are shook)

“I went on one night out to Nashville to see Ron Pope, and ended up staying there a week.”

“I’d definitely move to Nashville. Very random, it’s musical but it reminds me of Dublin in a lot of ways. I have a lot of friends there, I made a lot of friends there very quickly. It’s cheap too, it’s not f*cking mad, it’s not like Los Angeles. I’m not into L.A. How the hell do people get around there?”

Sounds like this lad has his head screwed on right, that's for sure.

We got two hugs out of him and a Cadbury Secret Santa letter, so we are officially his number one fans.

Only Ticket Home is out now, grab your tickets to see him live in 2019 here.

Don't forget to become a Cadbury Secret Santa and give a little something extra this Christmas- visit www.cadbury.ie/secretsanta and follow all the action on the Cadbury Ireland Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Whether you're the parent or passenger, a screaming baby on a flight is fun for no one. 

Former One Direction star Niall Horan got the cutest gift during a ten-hour flight.

The singer received a goodie bag from new parents.

Niall took to Twitter to document the event. 

The fathers had shared a picture of their two-week-old baby Marit on the card.

The dads wrote on the card: 

"Hi Stranger, my name is Marit. Today I am 18 days old. I'm flying home to Europe with my dads. This is my first flight ever. I will do my utmost to be on my best behaviour to ensure that you have a peaceful flight."

The message continued with:

"I would like to apologise in advance if – I for any reason lose my cool, my temper, my ears hurt or my tummy gets fussy. I think my dads are more nervous than I am, so they made you this goodie bag."

The singer captioned the Tweet:

"Had the coolest little goodie bag on the plane with this letter enclosed. Marit was quiet as a mouse for 10 hours. Goodluck to both dads."

Niall didn't disclose the contents of the goodie bag, but we think it's the sweetest gesture.

Marit is just gorgeous! Well done to the family for their first successful flight.

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Niall Horan has opened up to Eoghan McDermott in an exclusive interview featured in his upcoming documentary on RTE1.

In  Niall Horan with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Niall talks about the difficulty of maintaining relationships while touring. 

'Being in a relationship when you’re 18 or 19 is hard enough anyway, because it’s your whole world,' he told Eoghan.

 

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'But when you have such a demanding job and you’re not in the same place as that person at the time, it can be quite tough and I’ve learned to deal with it better than I used to,' he said. 

'I used to find it really frustrating and who knows what could have happened in previous relationships if I wasn’t doing the same thing.' 

'But at the same time, if I didn’t get to travel the world I wouldn’t have got to meet these people – it’s kind of a give and a take.'

 

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He went on to describe how his career path has made relationships more of an issue for him than if he wasn't a singer/song writer, but that it has helped his career in a way. 

'The job can be quite demanding on your personal life, but then again I wouldn’t have written these songs if it wasn’t for it!’

The full documentary airs this Saturday 12 May at 6.55pm on RTÉ One.

 

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Two of the music industry's best loved male performers could be teaming up to help a very deserving cause. 

In an effort to help those affected by the wildfires in Southern California, Justin Bieber and Niall Horan have both pledged their support, with the later suggesting that a charity single would be a "no brainer."

Speaking to Mirror Online, the Mullingar native explained that his house in LA is not too far from the location of the fires, and told how he was inspired to lend a hand when Justin released an Instagram video saying he would do whatever he could to restore the effected communities. 

 

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"We both live in LA and that's not too far from my house really, where all those fires are kicking off, it's absolutely horrific," Niall said. 

"Three to four hundred homes destroyed and people's lives in tatters, so I thought about it when Justin reached out and sent that video."

In the video, Justin said: "I'm going to have a conversation with some people and we are going to get moving on a solution. Obviously I'm not a fireman but I can use my resources to figure out ways to get some sort of restoration in certain communities.

"Fundraisers or whatever we can do. I'm going to get on that and in the meantime all the families and everyone who are struggling, just know that everything is going to be OK."

Niall quickly responded, (in the most Irish way possible) letting the Despacito singer know that he was willing and able to help. 

"Good man. Give me a shout if ya need a hand," he wrote. 

It is not yet known what fundraising method the star will choose, though we're sure these guys will produce something really special. 

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Following the phenomenal success of his solo album Flicker, Niall Horan has added an extra Irish date to his 2018 world tour.

Adding to the two dates scheduled for Dublin's 3Arena, Niall will now perform at INEC, Killarney on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Dublin band Wild Youth will provide support on the night.

Niall’s debut album Flicker was released in October and went number one in over 60 countries.

The 24-year-old has also been honoured with numerous awards in 2017, including People’s Choice, Teen Choice, Radio Disney Music and most recently he was named Best New Artist at the American Music Awards.

Tickets from €49.50 on sale this Friday at 9.00am via Ticketmaster.

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We'll be honest, if you had told us two years ago that Niall Horan would end up being the most successful member of One Direction we probably would have laughed at the idea – but oh how wrong we were.

With two top 10 singles and a critically acclaimed album under his belt, the Mullingar native has prove that life post-1D isn't that bad after all.

Sure, the other lads have had their fair share of successful, but none have made waves in the music industry quite like our Nialler.

Zayn and Harry who? 

Last night, the Slow Hands singer was finally given the recognition he deserves when he scooped the Best New Artist Award at the star-studded American Music Awards in Los Angeles, triumphing over fellow nominees, James Arthur, Julia Michaels, Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Niall said: “This is unbelievable. I've had a hell of a year. To be put in that category with some of my friends was unbelievable enough.”

He then went on to dedicate the award to his fans and thanked them for their support throughout his career.

The future is looking bright for the Mullingar man.

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Noel and Lima Gallagher have been embroiled in a well-document feud for the guts of a decade, and now one Irish pop star is caught in the crossfire. 

While discussing his brother's new album As You Were, Noel made some less than flattering remarks about the new music. 

Noel insinuated that his brother's album was written by a number of different people, and that he doesn't feel it merits his opinion.

 

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'I'm not sure I can be arsed formulating an opinion on a record that's written by an army of songwriters,' he told the new issue of I-D magazine. Ouch. 

However, Irish singer Niall Horan was then dragged into the mix. 

'Isn't the one from One Direction doing that?,' Noel said, using Niall's new album Flicker to diss his brother's music. 

 

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'The little Irish fella with the acoustic? At least he has the decency to play a guitar.'

'I'm not a fan.'

Perhaps Niall will have a 'I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative' moment much like his celeb pal Taylor?

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Niall Horan's ascension to super-stardom was confirmed this weekend as his debut album, Flicker, raced straight to the top of the US charts, and secured itself a place at No.1.

Taking to Twitter to pay tribute to everyone involved in his success, a clearly overwhelmed Niall sounded incredulous over his career trajectory.

In a heartfelt post, he wrote: "My mind is completely blown. An album that I wrote has gone to #1 in the United States and I cannot thank you guys enough for supporting it."

"It’s been a crazy couple of years for me between writing, recording and promoting this record,” the Mullingar-native continued. “Today it really feels like all the hard work has paid off."

The singer went on to thank his label, his management and his band for their guidance and support before turning his attention to his loyal fanbase.

"You are incredible!" he told them. "The love I get on a daily basis is amazing. Thank you and thank you again!"

Prior to securing the No. 1 spot, Niall tweeted his enthusiasm over his debut album's release, telling fans: "It's something I've worked really hard on and I'm incredibly proud of it."

Elaborating on the personal nature of the record, he added;" This is the first time I've put my thoughts and emotions on paper and then onto record and it feels really good."

As if we couldn't love that lad enough.

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We'll be honest, if you had told us two years ago that Niall Horan would end up being the most successful member of One Direction we probably would have laughed at the idea – but oh how wrong we were.

With two top 10 singles and a critically acclaimed album under his belt, the Mullingar native has made quite the name for himself as a solo artist.

And while the 24-year-old is enjoying a successful career in the music industry, he admits a little recognition wouldn't go amiss.

During a recent interview on New York City radio station Fresh 102.7's Karen & Jeffrey, Niall jokingly said he would “rip someone's arm off” for a Grammy Award.

“Just to be nominated would be amazing. I've spent so many years watching it. It comes with all the prestige that everyone thinks it does. That would be amazing; a far cry but we'll see what happens.”

The singer, whose debut solo album, Flicker, dropped last Friday recently sold out a night at Dublin's 3Arena, however, a second date was added due to phenomenal demand. Tickets are available here.

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Niall Horan is no stranger to the Ellen De Generes studio set, and yet he still finds himself blindsided by the chat show's host unconventional approach to her interviews at times.

While appearing on the show this week, Niall fielded the standard questions; career, love-life and his relationship with the four guys he travelled the world with as part of One Direction.

Lulling him into a false sense of security, Ellen got Niall chatting about Liam, Louis and Harry before pulling a stunt which left the Mullingar-native shrieking in his chair.

"I honestly… eh… cardiac arrest nearly happened there," a distinctly uncomfortable-looking Niall told Ellen after having the bejaysus scared out of him in front of a live audience.

"Why is it not just straightforward on this show?" he asked Ellen who looked pretty damn proud of her 'Harry' stunt.

And if you suggest, for even a moment, that that didn't scare the life out of you, you're lying.

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