How One Direction star Niall Horan really injured himself… Heartthrob was attacked in park by a squirrel!
13:30 GMT, 9 October 2012
One Direction hunk Niall Horan made girls all over the world say 'Awww' followed by 'really! as he stepped out in crutches at the weekend after admitting that he injured his leg in a very unusual way.
The blonde singer left the X Factor studios in London limping after injuring his leg in what he calls a squirrel attack!
Niall has now undergone surgery to fix the torn ligaments in his knee after his run-in with the furry pest in a London park.
Big Limpin': Niall Horan admitted he was injured after bizarrely being attacked by a squirrel, seen here leaving ITV Studios on Saturday
He told The Sun, 'A squirrel attacked me. I got attacked by a squirrel in Battersea Park. They're dangerous. It's rare.'
'I've torn most of the ligaments in my knee. So no football for me.'
'It's early retirement now. I've got a floating knee-cap!'
Regardless of his injury the 18-year old
stood alongside his fellow band mates Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles,
Liam Payne and Zayn Malik on Saturday during the first live X Factor
show without the aid of his crutches.
Who is on the phone: Niall was glued to his phone as he left the first live X Factor shows
The boys took to the stage to tell viewers that the show made their dreams come true and added that contestant James Arthur had their vote.
The Irish star was also able to leave the devices at home on Sunday as he attended the BBC's Radio One's Teen Awards in Wembley.
The boys picked up three awards for Best British single, album and music act.
Taking to twitter, Niall warned fans that he may not be his usual energetic self as his knee was causing him pain.
He wrote: 'If ya see me hobbling around at teen awards! I'm sorry! Won't be as active as usual haahaha. Ice packs! Too much walking today! Knee is screaming at me!'
Win while we're young: One Direction win three awards at BBC Radio One's Teen Choice Awards
Although the star has had a rough week there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Rumoured girlfriend Demi Lovato, 19, has spoken out about their relationship and insiders say the pair are now official!
'He has a lot of great qualities,' she told The Mirror.
'He is an amazing listener and makes me laugh a lot, two of the main qualities I look for.'
'He knows I have a little crush on him, and we enjoy having dinner when we get the chance. We speak and message all the time.'
'I don’t want a relationship over Skype; we are both in a place where we feel zero pressure to rush.'
'We share the philosophy that the right one is worth waiting for.'
However it appears the X Factor USA judge has changed her tune.
A source said: 'Demi’s told the guys backstage she and Niall are loosely dating – it’s casual but they are definitely dating, albeit long-distance.'
Blonde bombshell: Demi Lovato clutches a bottle of water after an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in Hollywood