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Niall Horan discusses flying to London to support Louis Tomlinson

On Saturday night, all of our hearts melted when it was confirmed that Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan had dropped everything so that they could be at Wembley Arena to support their One Direction bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, as he made his solo debut just three days after his mother tragically passed away.

The three men were keen to keep out of the spotlight as they remained backstage for the duration of the show, supporting Louis privately in a bid to not detract attention from his new solo single, ‘Just Hold On’.

Now Niall has opened up about his decision to fly from New York to London in order to be there for his pal ahead of his appearance at last night’s iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball in Washington D.C.

On the red carpet, a confused reporter asked Niall: “Weren’t you in the UK like an hour ago?”

To which the Irish star replied: “Yeah, I flew home for… I was in the UK for twenty hours.

"For a very good reason.”

Niall didn’t divulge any further information, but, to be honest, that was all that he needed to say.

Niall’s comments come after UnrealityTV reported that the singer has no choice but to miss Johannah Deakin’s funeral due to work commitments in America, however, he still took the time to celebrate Johannah’s life after The X Factor on Saturday night, with he and Liam joining Louis and his younger sister Lottie at a London nightclub to toast the mother-of-seven.

A source said at the time: “Harry, Niall and Liam all came down to X Factor to support Louis. They all were backstage with him supporting him. It was a lovely moment - and shows the unity of 1D. First time all back together in a year.

"It was a lovely touching moment backstage and they all came to support Louis during a horrible time.

”[Afterwards] it was family and friends drinks in Cirque, all paid for by Johannah’s husband Dan. It was a celebration of her life and his X Factor performance. It was a very emotional night.“

Johannah passed away last Wednesday [7th December] following a short and secret battle with leukaemia, as well as Louis and 18-year-old Lottie, Johannah was mum to 16-year-old Felicite, 12-year-old twins Daisy and Phoebe and two-year-old twins Doris and Ernest.