AUSSIE actress Olympia Valance has enjoyed a string of secret dates with One Direction star Niall Horan.
The stunning Neighbours star, 24, revealed that she has grown “close” to the singer, also 24, ever since they met Down Under.
In an exclusive interview, she revealed: “We’ve known each other for a couple of years now. He obviously spends a lot of time in Australia with his cousins.
“We just met in Australia and we’ve been messaging ever since and yeah we have hung out together a bit.
“We are quite close. I see him when I come to London and he sees me when he’s in Oz.”
Olympia posted a cosy picture of herself and Niall in Oz on her Instagram story in a sweet tribute to Niall for his birthday last month.
And last year the pair were spotted sitting side-by-side in a corporate box at a cricket match in Melbourne.
Despite this, Olympia, who is a brand ambassador for lingerie range Gossard, has admitted she’s still single – after splitting from her boyfriend of 15 months Greg Cannell in February this year.
She said: “I am single at the moment. I’ve been single pretty much all this year and it’s been really nice.
“I’ve always had problems being on my own before and now I’m actually like, I really love this and just not having anyone to answer to.
“Just being free is great and that’s what I really want to be – just being a free spirit.”
Olympia is currently visiting London – after filming “traumatic” Christmas scenes for Channel 5 soap Neighbours, where she plays Paige Smith.
Teasing the explosive upcoming scenes, she said: “At the end of this year my storyline is the end of season storyline, I’ve just filmed it.
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“I think it might be the best stuff I’ve ever filmed. It is so traumatic and so distressing and so dramatic. For the audience, you’re going to cry.
“I can’t tell you whether I’m being killed off but what I can tell you is it’s going to be extremely action-packed and going into the New Year it is just so full-on.
“My storyline is Christmas and it filters into the New Year – it is full on.”