Who is Niall Horan? Former One Direction singer now solo star who performed at Ariana’s Grande One Love Manchester concert

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NIALL Horan made his name as happy-go-lucky Irish charmer in One Direction.

Now, he’s releasing his own solo material and will be playing his new music at Wembley Stadium this summer. Here’s the lowdown…

 Niall Horan is an Irish charmer with millions of fans of his music

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Niall Horan is an Irish charmer with millions of fans of his music

Who is Niall Horan?

Niall Horan is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter who grew up in Mullinger, Ireland.

He has one older brother, Greg Horan, and the pair were predominantly raised by his father after his parents divorced.

The star learned play guitar from YouTube videos – and lists his influences as Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

 Simon didn't hold back about how annoyed he is that the boys haven't consulted him on their solo careers

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Simon didn’t hold back about how annoyed he is that the boys haven’t consulted him on their solo careers

How did Niall join One Direction?

Niall was urged to audition for the X Factor in 2010 by his aunt at the age of 16.

He wowed the judges with his performance of Ne-Yo’s So Sick bu,t during the deliberation process for the live finals, Simon Cowell thought he would work better as part of a group.

As a result, he joined Louis Tomlinson,Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik to form One Direction.

The band were hugely successful on the show and, despite placing in third place behind Matt Cardle and Rebecca Ferguson, have become arguably The X Factor’s biggest success story.

 Niall won the Peoples Choice Award for his solo single This Town earlier this year

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Niall won the Peoples Choice Award for his solo single This Town earlier this year

Simon Cowell signed the band on a reported £2million contract, and in 2011 they released their first album, Up All Night.

The album broke a US record as the first debut album by a British band to ever make their debut at number 1.

In March 2015, the band announced that they would be taking a hiatus so they could all focus on personal projects, and are currently yet to reunite.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun’s Dan Wootton, Niall revealed that while the lads haven’t put a time limit on the break.

He added: “when that phone call does come – no matter whoever it comes from – we’re back again”.

 Niall is now preparing to release his solo material

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Niall is now preparing to release his solo material

When is Niall’s solo material coming out?

Niall signed a record deal with Capitol US, a branch of Universal, in September 2016.

He revealed to The Sun’s Dan Wootton that he chose to cut ties with Simon’s label Syco for a “fresh start”.

His first solo single, This Town, was released in 2016, and reached number 9 in the Official UK Charts and his second single, Slow Hands was released on May 4.

He was awarded the Favourite Breakout Artist Award for his material in 2017.

Niall will be performing his new material at Capital’s Summertime Ball, which is taking place on Saturday June 10.

It won’t be his first time playing at the concert, but he’s never done it without his One Direction band mates.

It has also been revealed he will join the star-studded line-up performing at Ariana Grande’s benefit concert to raise money for the families affected by the Manchester terror attack.

The gig will take place on Sunday, June 4 at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

 One Direction won a slew of awards and are one of the biggest bands in the world

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One Direction won a slew of awards and are one of the biggest bands in the world

Is Niall Horan single?

Niall’s relationship status is currently unknown – but he has been connected to a string of women.

Previously been linked to Ellie Goulding – it is rumoured that Ed Sheeran’s song Don’t comes from Niall’s dalliance with Ellie while she was with Ed.

Other girlfriends connected to Niall include Barbare Palvin, Jessica Sefaty and keen dancer Celine Helen Vandyke.

What are Niall’s hobbies?

A keen sportsman and friend of tennis legend Novak Djokovic, Niall is often spotted at various game and play-offs.

He founded his own golfing management company, in Northern Ireland, called Modest!

While the Derby County football club supporter took part in UNICEF’s Soccer Aid 2016 celebrity football game.

He is also collecting a property portfolio and reportedly owns a £2.3 million mansion in LA.

What was the Ariana Grande tribute concert? And who was in the line up?

Ariana Grande will returned to Manchester on Monday, June 5, to lead a One Love Manchester benefit concert raising funds for the families affected by the terror attack which took place at the end of her concert on Monday, May 22.

Ariana had been performing at the city’s Evening News Arena when a suicide bomber denonated, killing 22 fans and injuring over 100 more.

The singer vowed to return to the city in the wake of the incident, and a stellar line-up of names performed alongside her at the gig.

As well as Niall Horan, Take That, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams took to the stage to raise money for the Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund.

Niall Horan latest single Slow Hands

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