Irish-born singer-songwriter Niall Horan rose to fame as a member of the highly successful boy band One Direction, the 5-piece music group which was formed in 2010 by contestants on season 7 of the music competition The X Factor. One Direction achieved much success as they released several studio albums, embarked on multiple world tours and received numerous accolades. Following the band’s indefinite hiatus in 2016, Niall Horan swiftly launched a successful solo music career for himself. His debut album Flicker was released in 2017 to a positive reception in several countries of the world.
Who is Niall Horan?
Niall James Horan was born on September 13, 1993, in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Ireland. He had his early education at St. Kenny’s National School and for high school, he attended Coláiste Mhuire, an all-boys Catholic school located in Mullingar. He learnt to play the guitar on his own using that of his brother. As a teenager, he got to perform at several venues including the Mullingar Arts Centre and the Academy club in Dublin.
In 2010, 16-year old Niall Horan auditioned for the 7th season of The X Factor in Dublin. His rendition of Ne-Yo‘s hit single “So Sick” had the judges divided, but he eventually earned enough votes to scale through to the bootcamp stage. However, his performance at bootcamp could not qualify him for the “Boys” category. Following the recommendation of guest judge Nicole Scherzinger, the other judges took the decision to merge Horan with 4 other talented boys; Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik all of whom did not also qualify as solo performers. They formed the 5-piece boy band ‘One Direction’ and together they auditioned and qualified for the “Groups” category of the competition.
One Direction easily became popular during The X Factor season 7, mesmerizing fans all over the UK with their performances of several hit songs. After finishing third in the competition, the band got signed to Simon Cowell‘s Syco Music label on a $2 million recording contract. Their meteoric rise to fame can best be described as a fairy tale as they went on to become one of the most successful boy band in the world within just a few years. Of the 5 highly successful albums released by One Direction, the first four albums debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 and only their fifth album debuted at No. 2 of the chart. They also embarked on 4 world tours during their 6-year run all of which were massively successful.
Niall Horan swiftly began working on his solo career after his band One Direction embarked on an indefinite hiatus in early 2016. He got signed to Capitol Records in September 2016 followed by the release of his debut solo single “This Town” that same month. He dropped a couple of other singles before ultimately releasing his debut album Flicker on October 20, 2017. The following month, the talented singer embarked on a worldwide tour tagged ‘Flicker Sessions’ to support his debut album.
Niall Horan’s parents are Bobby Horan and Maura Gallagher. He was raised alongside an older brother Greg Horan. His parents’ marriage fell apart when he was 5 years of age. Following the split, Niall and his brother lived between each parent’s home for the first few years before ultimately moving in with their father. Interestingly, the music star offered to purchase a new country house for his father in 2014. However, Mr Horan politely turned down the generous offer as he is very content with his old home.
Niall Horan is known to be in a relationship with American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld. The two have been known to be friends for a while, however, rumors of a brewing romance between them first filtered out in early 2018. Though they are yet to give an official confirmation of their relationship, this picture-perfect couple has continued to feed the public with subtle pieces of evidence that they are indeed an item. Their public appearances have been rare but they have been pictured getting all cosied-up on a few occasions.
Before going solo, Niall Horan had a highly successful 5-year stint as a member of One Direction. The band released 5 highly successful studio albums and embarked on 4 world tours. They were ranked fourth and second among the highest earning celebrities in the world in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Horan also began his solo career on a good note with the release of his debut solo album Flicker in October 2017. Thanks to his flourishing music career and several other lucrative ventures, the multitalented star has amassed a net worth of $70 million (approximately £52.9 million).