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Niall Horan backstage with Justin Bieber.

Niall Horan Admits He 'Always Felt Sorry' for Justin Bieber

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By Alyssa McCraw

Think back to this time around ten years ago: the pop music world was taken by storm by a British boyband and a solo Canadian crooner. One Direction and Justin Bieber essentially arrived on the scene together and had similar exponential rises in the hearts and lives of teenaged girls. Although One Direction has gone, well, their own directions, each of its members has seen unprecedented solo success in their own musical endeavors - one of the more successful of which is Niall Horan.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Harry Styles from One Direction pose as they attend the book signing of One Direction's new book 'Where We Are' held at Alexandra Palace on November 18, 2013 in London, England.
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The 26-year-old Irish singer just dropped his second studio album Heartbreak Weather on March 13th. He sat down for an in-depth interview with Glamour UK to talk about his new release and a few other things - including Justin Bieber. As far as growing up in the public eye, Horan believes it was easier for him because he had his bandmates by his side.

"We had each other around. I don't think people realize the power of that actually because you see solo stars and people who struggled with things like that and I can relate to some of it."

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I watched Justin Bieber's new docuseries – I know the guy I know quite well - and how it affected him, people didn't realize the pressure that he was under and I can relate to that 100%. We (One Direction) were always lucky that we had each other to share the experience with. And I always felt sorry for Justin in that respect. I think we were the lucky ones."

Niall also mentioned that their similar, not-overly-privileged upbringings is something he really relates to Justin on.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 07: Niall Horan attends Capitol Music Group's 6th annual Capitol Congress premiering new music and projects for industry and media on August 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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"When it was all going on around us, we were just in our little bubble chatting about how crazy it is and how we couldn't believe where we were all the time. We never really saw ourselves as these big celebrities. We were just in this little fishbowl having a great time and all the madness was going on around us."

Sounds like 1D really did have their heads on straight! But that doesn't mean life was perfect. As the celebrity world is becoming more and more vocal about mental health, Niall is being sure he lends his voice to the conversation.

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"For me, sometimes I'll really overthink something. I'm generally not an overthinker, but if I say it's going to affect me in some way, I’ll think about it for a long time and that'd be it for a couple of days. Then it'll just be gone, and I’ll be like, 'What was that about?'"

And for him, normalcy is key.

"Personally, I try to live as a normal life as I can. I think that's helped. I try and do real normal things – which I know sounds crazy – like I'll go on the bus or the tube or go to the shop. That was stuff that I couldn't do before."

We're glad you're happy, boo!

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