One Direction's Niall Horan (who is 19) and singer Ellie Goulding (who is 26) were seen kissing romantically and showing other public displays of affection with each other at the V Festival in Chelmsford, England, on Aug. 18, 2013, but insiders tell me that it's just a casual hookup and that it's unlikely to blossom into a serious romance.
On Aug. 20, 2013, the Daily Mirror reported what happened when Horan and Goulding watched Kings of Leon's performance at the V Festival: "Surrounded by their friends plus a bodyguard attempting to stop fans taking photos, the couple chatted and giggled throughout the hour-long Hylands Park show near Chelmsford, Essex. During the American band’s encore, Niall threw an arm around the 'Explosions' singer and snogged her full on the lips. Alas, during the group’s last number – 'Sex on Fire' – the duo attempted to avoid the masses and sneaked off early to return to the backstage area. From there, the pair traipsed off to the Mahiki area for rum cocktails and some cheesy tunes, staying out until closing time at 12.30 a.m."
Goulding is on the rebound after splitting from actor Jeremy Irvine in July 2013. It's also the same month that Horan reportedly dumped model Zoe Whelan, whom he had "secretly" dated for about four or five months.
Horan is the only one in the group who has refused to publicly name anyone he has dated since One Direction became famous. He has said in numerous interviews that he is too busy with his career to settle down in a serious relationship. However, he has admitted in many interviews that he's had a longtime crush on singer/actress/"X Factor" U.S. judge Demi Lovato, who also told the media in that she has a crush on Horan. Despite these affectionate feelings for each other, Lovato and Horan have repeatedly said that they are "just friends" when they are asked in interviews about their relationship.
In May 2013, Horan was caught in a mini-scandal when it was alleged that "Made in Chelsea" co-star Louise Thompson cheated on her boyfriend Andy Jordan by having a fling with Horan. In an interview with New! magazine issue (dated July 1, 2013) that went on sale on June 24, 2013, Jordan (who is 23) confirmed that he has banned Thompson (who is 22) from being alone with Horan, but Jordan would not directly comment on Thompson's alleged infidelity.
In 2012, Horan was romantically linked to drama student Amy Green. He and Green have not publicly commented on their relationship.