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Thursday 13 December 2018

Pop star Niall avoids stress factor of leaving cert

D-DAY is almost here for thousands of Leaving Cert students but not X Factor sensation Niall Horan.

The One Direction singer has put his exams on the long finger, the Herald can reveal.

Mullingar's hero deferred his sixth year in school last year and won't be sitting the state exam next week either in order to focus on the band full time.

Speaking to the Herald, Niall's brother Greg said: "What's the point in staying up to study and say to Simon Cowell: 'I won't do it this year Simon, I'm going to sit my Leaving Cert'? And then there's no work out there, I think he'd be crazy if he did that, to tell you the truth."

Niall moved to London full time last year with his four bandmates, and recently expressed his sorrow at missing his secondary school graduation from Colaiste Mhuire alongside his former classmates.

Although the adorable singer, who was dubbed the 'Irish Justin Bieber' after his first audition in Dublin last year, has been putting all of his energies into his band, Greg has not ruled out a return to the classroom.

"In time [he would go back], I think that he could be like those mature students who go back after years," he said. "He's big into education and is very intelligent, but he won't be focusing on that in the next two years.

"He even said, 'I won't go to some private college to sit my Leaving, no matter how big we get'. He'll go back to his old school or study on the road.

"His dream has come true," Greg added. "One Direction are keeping their heads down for an absolutely amazing album.

"The pressure is going to build, then explode and the people of Ireland will be astonished when they hear that the small town of Mullingar can make such a phenomenal talent."

cmcbride@herald.ie

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