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Now they're calling me 1D Niall's 'mum' says TV's Amanda

HE recently moved his mother Maura over to his London pad because he was homesick, but One Direction star Niall Horan (19) already has a mother figure looking out for him in the UK.

Irish presenter Amanda Byram admits she has been likened to the 1D star's mother because of their close relationship.

But it's not a tag that either the 40-year-old or the Mullingar teenager are comfortable with.

"He wouldn't like to be known as that," laughed Amanda.

"I think Bressie is more of a father figure to him than anybody else."

The former Total Wipeout presenter says Niall is more like a younger brother to both her and close friend Laura Whitmore (27).

"He's adorable, a really sweet guy."

Amanda is just one of a number of Irish stars based in London and socialises regularly with Niall, MTV star Laura and Voice of Ireland presenter Eoghan McDermott. Niall, Amanda and Laura have been spotted on nights out in London, with Laura even taking to Twitter to deny speculation that she and Niall were an item.

While Niall is a member of the world's biggest boyband, Amanda says that he prefers hanging out with the Irish gang. Just last Monday, Niall attended Brian O' Driscoll's testimonial dinner, where he rubbed shoulders with fellow Irish stars such as actor Michael Fassbender and Script singer Danny O'Donoghue.


"I think he hangs out with the Irish crew more than he hangs out with anybody else, so it's really nice," explained Amanda.

"It's great that he doesn't have any airs and graces about him."

The group, dubbed 'the Irish brat pack', lost Bressie earlier this year after the Voice Of Ireland judge moved back to Dublin.

But he and Niall have remained close friends and are constantly ribbing one another on Twitter.

Single Amanda says that having Irish people in the industry to hang out with is key to surviving life in London. The presenter has become close to Laura Whitmore even though they've known each other for just over a year.

"We feel like we have known each other forever, but it's because you are kind of on your own in London and you have got that something in common."

However, Amanda says that it is very important not to get swallowed up by sticking with Irish people.

"I stayed away from doing it when I lived in LA. I pulled back from the Irish clique because I thought, if you do that, you might as well be living in Ireland and what's the point."

And the Dubliner hasn't ruled out coming back to Ireland for work.

"I don't rule out doing work on Irish TV – I'm really excited about doing potential projects in Ireland, but it has to be right.

"That's the job of a presenter – you go where thework is."