One Direction' Niall Horan Secretly Dating Irish Model Zoe Whelan?

7 April 2013, 08:47 | Updated: 7 April 2013, 09:53

The 'Little Things' singer is said to have met the model at a One Direction tour show this year.

One Direction's Niall Horan has reportedly started dating an Irish model after meeting her backstage at one of the band's concerts.

The 'Kiss You' singer is said to have been "secretly seeing" model Zoe Whelan for a number of months, and is even reported to have taken her home for his brother's wedding in Ireland at the end of March.

"Niall has been secretly seeing Zoe for a couple of months after he met her backstage," a source told The Sun this weekend. "She's a Dubliner but is based in London to work on her modelling career.

"Zoe's travelled all over the UK to meet up with Niall on the band's tour," they revealed. "But the biggest sign he's really serious about her is that he introduced her to his whole family at his brother's wedding."

Niall was spotted celebrating his other brother Greg's wedding at the end of March, and his family are said to have taken "a shine" to aspiring model Zoe during her visit.

"Zoe's the first girlfriend Niall has brought back to his hometown of Mullingar since making it big, so it was a big deal and the talk of his family at the wedding," they added. "Niall's protective of her as she's shy, but his family all really took a shine to Zoe."

Check out a picture of Niall Horan showing off his toned physique on tour last month below (Credit: Twitter):

During his stay back home in Ireland Niall also kept up on his music by performing a solo version of 'Little Things' in one of his hometown's pubs.

'Live While We're Young' singers One Direction are currently out across the UK on their 'Take Me Home' world tour.

Director Morgan Spurlock has been teasing plans for the band's upcoming 3D concert movie This Is Us this past week, promising lots of "lovely emotional moments".