One Direction’s intense fan base continues to prove that there is no such thing a hiatus from fame.
As Niall Horan, one-fourth of the “Drag Me Down” crooners, attempted to make his way through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Tuesday, a horde of Directioners — the moniker imparted onto the collective by the music group — mobbed the 22-year-old Irish singer and sent him running off to safer pastures. A fan-recorded video of the incident made its way to Twitter shortly thereafter.
Once Horan was safely onboard his flight, he took to the social media platform to express his fear of the harrowing moment.
Regrettably, this is not the first time this week that Niall has had to deal with issues of personal boundaries. As mentioned by Billboard on Monday, another fan snapped an image of the star as he attempted to rest off illness during another flight. Just as he did on Tuesday, he took to Twitter to vent about the invasive moment.
“I think this sh** is unreal,” he stated in the post, along with the unauthorized image. “I mean, if you can’t sleep on a plane without people taking photos of you, what can you do?”
Unlike Monday, Horan seemed more fine with appeasing requests from the crowd, as documented by several shots that have turned up on the social media platform throughout the day. However, as the majority of Directioners have shown throughout the group’s break, which began at the start of 2016, being out of the spotlight won’t stop them from craving the boys’ attention.
In March of this year, Metro reported that a few obsessive Directioners managed to uncover Horan’s private phone number and pulled him into a group chat. When he chose not to respond to the bombarding messages anymore, they began to threaten his family members, including his young nephew, Theo.
“For the last two weeks, I’ve been receiving messages [from] a group of fans,” he revealed on Twitter. “They have drowned my phone in messages [and] have been nothing but abusive, saying things you wouldn’t even believe about me and my family. Thank God I’m not the kind of person who thinks into stuff like this.”
That situation came just weeks after Horan’s band mate, Louis Tomlinson, went through a similar matter. After a fan managed to get their hands on his phone number, she called him up and demanded to have a conversation with him. When Louis refused, she threatened to cause harm to Freddie Reign Tomlinson, the child he shares with hair stylist, Briana Jungwirth.
Ironically, Horan is often the one who praises and dotes on One Direction fans the most. During a memorable scene in the group’s first movie, One Direction: This Is Us, Niall calls Directioners out as being, “the best fans in the world.”
He has also been the most vocal when it comes to One Direction possibly reuniting one day. In an interview with Irish radio station RTE2fm that was noted by Sugarscape, Niall promised that the group’s temporary split following the release of their Made In The A.M. album would not be a permanent one.
“We’ve always been quite bad at the whole planning side of things,” he admitted. “We’ll probably just have a conversation in six months and just go ‘Shall we go at it again then, is everyone rested enough?'”
For the record, this is currently the seventh month of One Direction’s hiatus.
As of now, there is still no official word on when or if Horan and his fellow 1D brethren will reform. Last week, member Liam Payne became the second of the X Factor alums to sign a solo deal — the first was Harry Styles back in June.
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