NIALL Horan got himself well and truly legless after a boozy night – crocking himself so severely he is now struggling to walk.
The former One Direction star has revealed he tore ligaments in his left foot after downing six pints and tripping over a kerb while chasing his cousin.
Irishman Niall — whose hits with 1D before going solo included Up All Night — is now hopping about with a cumbersome medical boot.
He shared a picture of it online with fans and, following the wild night earlier this month, must now wear the support for weeks until his injury mends.
‘Six pints deep’
But the one saving grace is that he now has time to heal because his touring schedule is still up in the air owing to Covid-19.
He said of his accident: “I was about six pints deep.
“I was chasing my cousin, missed the kerb and went over my ankle.
“I snapped all the ligaments on the outside of my foot. I’ve got such ugly feet or I’d show the world how bruised it is.”
But Niall seemed to blame his mishap on the street layout, and poor visibility of the kerb, rather than just being bladdered.
Speaking on Instagram Live, he shared a rather confusing recollection of events. He tried to explain: “I was running drunk and in these new streets, you can drive down them and they’re also sometimes pedestrianised, they look like they’re made to be pedestrianised. They are not like a real tarmacked street, so the kerb looks the same as the actual driveable road and there was a little kerb.”
Right, Niall — that’s all much clearer, then.
He released his second solo album, Heartbreak Weather, in March and had been due to tour the States this summer before flying back here to perform in October.
The star has now axed the tour and been working on new music in lockdown. He’ll have plenty of time with his feet up while that foot mends.
You may as well treat yourself to a few more pints of Guinness now, Niall.
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It's Maur time on holiday
MAURA Higgins is finding it rather hard to not rub it in our faces that she’s enjoying her extended holiday.
The Irish stunner is out in Greece with her fellow Love Islanders Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury.
Wearing this white bikini and a huge grin, she posted on Instagram: “Mood until further notice.”
Meanwhile, her Love Isle pal Chris Taylor unfollowed Maura’s ex Curtis Pritchard on social media to “show a bit of loyalty” to her. Pictures emerged of Curtis kissing fellow dancer Amber Pierson after he insisted he was “just friends” with her. Chris said: “It’s not something I want to be associated with.” Loyalty is a rare trait for some of these Love Islanders.
SHAKIRA won’t marry her long-term partner, footballer Gerard Pique. She revealed: “Marriage scares the s**t out of me. I’d rather him see me as his girlfriend. I wanna keep him on his toes.”
Posh adds spice in China beauty deal
VICTORIA Beckham hasn’t had a whole lot of success with her business empire on home soil – so she is now off to China to give it one more shot.
Posh Spice has teamed up with upmarket Chinese wholesaler Tmall to promote her pricey make-up and skincare ranges.
She follows in her husband David’s previous footsteps to the East – where he has had success as a football ambassador and later with business ventures including a hotel and his whisky brand Haig.
She said: “Chinese consumers are some of the most well-informed beauty shoppers in the world. That’s why we’re extremely excited to partner with Tmall to enter the China market and share our clean beauty vision with millions of new customers.”
It comes after the former Spice Girls singer sparked outrage earlier this year as she put 30 staff at her fashion label on furlough despite her and husband David’s wealth being estimated at £335million.
She later reversed the decision.
In June it emerged she had taken yet another loan, of £6.4million, to save her ailing business after it had racked up £42million in losses over four years.
She has also been bailed out by Golden Balls numerous times.
A fashion industry insider said of her latest move: “At a time when China’s relationship with the West is somewhat strained, it looks a bit cynical.” At least she may fare better over there.
KEITH Urban has teamed up with Pink on a track called One Too Many. It will be on his album The Speed Of Now Part 1, out on September 18, which also features Eric Church and Nile Rodgers.
Dan to wed his Rose
AFTER years of dating celebs, womanising rugby star Danny Cipriani is engaged.
He’s been dating mental health campaigner Victoria Rose for just four months. Tweeting a shot of them, he wrote: “You make me the happiest man. You make me want to be the best man I can for you and our family. I can’t wait to marry you in October.” He called her “sexy, intelligent” and his “best friend”.
His ex file includes Katie Price, Kelly Brook and the late Love Island host Caroline Flack. But after opening up about his own mental health troubles earlier this year, it’s good he is in a better place.
SAM Fender has promised his second album will be “miles better” than Hypersonic Missiles, his No1 debut. He said: “This one’s very much about myself, North Shields and my friends and family.”
My Ox grazes
PERRIE Edwards has revealed the downside of dating Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – he never stops eating.
The Little Mix singer said she struggles to stick to her own diet because Liverpool footballer Alex is always scoffing food, but never loses his six-pack.
She explained: “I had to tell myself this – he’s an athlete, he’s gonna be running around, working out, training hard, burning those calories and you can’t compare.
“Thing is though, it really bothers me because he eats like a pig. It’ll be midnight and he’ll nudge me like, ‘I’d like a snack’. And I’m like, ‘What do you mean you want a snack?’.
“Then he brings me down with him and I start snacking. It’s not fair.”
Doesn’t look like it’s done her any harm.
SHANIA Twain says it is easier to sing than talk following her battle with Lyme Disease. She told Loose Women: “My speaking voice gets quite raspy.
“I have more power when I’m singing now.”
Battle of the beefcakes
SNAP! The home workouts seem to have paid off for two of pop’s biggest stars.
Justin Bieber and rapper Drake posted these topless selfies within hours of each other on Monday.
Drake looked rather damp while posing in a lift, while his fellow Canadian Justin showed off an extensive collection of tattoos on his torso.
I don’t think any amount of inkings could make my body look like either of theirs.
JAMES Bay has admitted that performing at Coachella in 2016 wasn’t much fun. Speaking about the world-famous US festival, which takes place in the Colorado Desert, he said: “You’re in a big, sandy wind tunnel trying to sing to 20,000 people. I was constantly choking between lines because it was so hot and dry.”
MILEY Cyrus feels ready to bring back her old sitcom character Hannah Montana, nine years after the Disney show ended. She said: “I try to put that wig on all the time. She’s in storage collecting dust and I’m ready to whip her out. The opportunity will present itself. I definitely would like to resurrect her at some point.”
BAT For Lashes singer Natasha Khan has given birth to her first child with her partner, Australian actor Samuel Watkins. She revealed the little girl’s initials are DJW and wrote on Instagram: “So grateful to have had a safe and smooth home birth. Now we have this beautiful little bundle.”
BIFFY Clyro are in the lead in an all-new top four on the Official Charts Update. Their eighth album A Celebration Of Endings is currently outperforming the rest of the top five combined and looks a dead cert to be their third UK No1 album. Indie rockers Sea Girls are at No2 with their debut Open Up Your Head.
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