Niall Horan might look as harmless as a marshmallow, but is he really a bad friend?
There have long been rumors that Niall Horan broke the bro code by hooking up with Ed Sheeran’s ex-girlfriend, singer Ellie Goulding. And based on Ed’s recent interview with Howard Stern, it seems pretty obvious that one member of One Direction did the redhead wrong.
According to MTV News, Stern asked Sheeran about the rumors that his song “Don’t” is about a member of One Direction stealing a girl from right underneath his nose. One lyric reads, “I never saw him as a threat/ Until you disappeared with him to have sex.”
Howard Stern didn’t mention Niall Horan by name, but he did ask if “Don’t” is about a “One Direction guy.” Ed wouldn’t answer at first, choosing instead to talk about how he felt about the situation.
“I didn’t really come out of that situation upset. I was just pissed off. I just thought it was a bit disrespectful.”
He also revealed that he had a heart-to-heart with the friend who hurt him.
“It’s a difficult conversation to have… He was my mate, so I was just a bit like, ‘um not cool, but…'”
Stern once again pressed Sheeran by asking, “That was the guy in One Direction, right?”
“No,” Ed responded. But he quickly added, “Well, it depends on which one you’re talking about.”
It sounds like Sheeran wasn’t sure if Stern was talking about Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, or Louis Tomlinson — after all, the radio host never said a name. However, Niall’s name has popped up in numerous reports about “Don’t.”
Horan seemingly responded to them in April of this year.
So many lazy and shit rumours flying around! get a grip!
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) April 8, 2014
So what’s the real story here?
Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding were spotted holding hands at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards last August. Sheeran made it clear that they were dating by telling Click 98.9 that “normal people don’t hold hands if they’re just friends.” However, according to Hollywood Life, one of Ellie Goulding’s tweets seemed to indicate that she didn’t feel the same way about Ed.
“I love that holding hands with my friends means we’re an item,” she wrote. “In that case I am in many relationships.” She later deleted the tweet.
Perhaps Goulding was just enjoying being a single gal by spending time with different guys. According to the Mirror, she was spotted kissing Niall Horan at the V Festival a few weeks before she attended the MTV VMAs with Ed Sheeran. When asked about Horan, she refused to reveal any dirty details about the nature of her relationship with the singer.
“Oh God, I knew this was coming! I just can’t talk about Niall. I won’t ever talk about my love life anymore because it’s always then gone wrong when I have in the past.”
According to Metro, Niall Horan admitted to having a crush on Ellie Goulding during a July interview with GQ. He probably wasn’t too happy when he saw Ed with his dream girl at the VMAs, so perhaps he saw Sheeran as the one breaking the bro code.
Hopefully Niall and one of his One Direction band mates don’t ever fall for the same girl. The Ellie Goulding situation is bad enough because Sheeran often writes songs for 1D, but just imagine how awkward things would get if Harry Styles and Niall Horan ever starting fighting over a woman. Could a girl be that “One Thing” that will eventually make the band split up? What do you think?