The former One Direction member opened up about his time in the boy band, going as far as to compare it to being behind bars! While chatting with Dermot O’Leary, Niall Horal revealed that fans would sometimes prevent the guys from even leaving their hotel rooms so it makes sense that he felt trapped more often than not and in more ways than one!
It’s no secret that at the peak of One Direction’s fame, the band was massive and things might have been really hard on the members because of it.
With that being said, Niall Horan really wishes things were different and he shared some details while talking to Dermot O’Leary for Audible’s People, Just People podcast.
Niall told the host that he would often feel like a prisoner while in the band and it was all because of the sheer number of fans who would gather to show their love pretty much everywhere they went.
The singer explained that fans would swarm their hotel rooms as well as follow them to their cars.
‘I struggled with the idea of, why will you not just let us out? We only want to go for a walk, you know? But, you cannot get inside the brain of a fan, and I completely get it now, but at the time, you are like, you are our age! We just want to walk down the street. You must understand!’
Unfortunately, this happened when they were on tour to amazing countries as well, stopping the members from enjoying and exploring these locations they had the opportunity to travel to.
If he had to describe the experience as a whole, Niall said that it was ‘heartbreaking, but amazing at the same time.’
He recalled one specific instance, sharing that ‘We get into Lima at 1 a.m., and we are driving from the airport to the hotel, and see a shopping center. Me and Louie and Liam were like, ‘Ok, when we get up tomorrow morning we will have a little stroll around there.’ The next morning we wake up and me and Louie were playing FIFA in the room, and Liam comes up and is like, ‘Come on, let’s go.’ And Louie still had his curtains pulled. Then Louie goes, ‘Just have a look out the window.’ The police had already done a headcount, and there were 10 thousand people in the street the whole time.’