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SALONI GUPTA

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Niall’s music has helped me through some of my worst times. His lyrics and his voice have the power to put a smile on my face or calm me down when I need it the most. I have also made a lot of friends through enjoying his music who I am very thankful for. His concerts feel like a safe place where I can fully be myself. Having such an amazing, fun, and loving person to look up to and having his music as a source of happiness makes life better than it could ever be.

Niall Horan has been a huge part of my life since I was 11-years-old, and I turn 21 this year. I’d been a diehard One Direction fan basically since the start, Niall always being my favourite. When the band parted ways, I kept up with Niall and he’s still my #1.

On September 30, Niall announced a special limited event at YouTube Space

NY. It was a free event to hear him perform a few songs in an intimate setting, and meet him afterwards. I remember the way my hands shook as I clicked the link instantly and RSVPed for my spot. About an hour later, I got the confirmati­on email telling me I was meeting Niall after all this time supporting him.

So, I immediatel­y got the time off work by switching with a co-worker, and booked my train tickets and Airbnb. One week later on October 7, I hopped on a train to New York from my home in Maine. I will never forget the moment I walked into the meet and greet Looth\ iall stood there] arms open, his face glowing with happiness. Almost 10 years of my life had come down to this moment.

I practicall­y ran to embrace him, immediatel­y telling him that I loved him, and that I was so happy he was back. He threw his head back, laughed and said, “We’re back! Bring it on!’” He grabbed me for another hug, and posed for our picture.

It only lasted two minutes, and then the security guards were rushing us out to move on to the next person in line. But those two minutes were the best of my life so far. I can’t wait to continue my journey with Niall in 2020, when I’ll be traveling to Nashville to see him on the opening night of his tour, then onto Brooklyn a week later. In the autumn, I’ll be going to London and Dublin to see him again.

Niall has been a constant ray of light in my life since I was a kid. I only hope that I can be even half of what he’s meant to me to him, by supporting his career for as long as he wants to continue.

I’m 17 and from Kildare. I’ve been a fan of Niall Horan since I fell in love with One Direction on The X Factor in 2010. I’ve continued to be a huge fan since, and I even got to see them in Croke

Park in 2014 when I was 11, which of course was amazing. Not only did the boys put on a fantastic show, it was heartwarmi­ng to see Niall at this gig in his home country – especially because four years previously, he had auditioned for The X Factor in Croker, and now he was playing three sold-out shows there.

I think one of the main reasons Niall was my favourite in the band, is his kindhearte­d and loveable nature. He has always seemed like }Ài>Ì VÀ>ˆV ̜ Li >ÀœÕ˜`\ even in One Direction, he was always the one cracking jokes. Over the last decade, he has never failed to put a smile on my face. The fact that he’s still a typical Irish lad despite his enormous success makes him even more endearing.

He was just a 17-year-old from the Midlands, like me, who just happened to become a megastar. Even his music carries the same joyous energy as he does. His new song ‘No Judgement’ is quickly becoming one of my favourites – it’s such a feelgood tune. I’m so excited for Heartbreak Weather, and he’s just announced a Dublin show right before my 18th birthday, so hopefully I’ll get to see him onstage again soon. Thank you for the last decade of great music and memories Nialler – here’s to many more!

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