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' From the age of seven Nial had to learn to do allhis own washing, ironin and cooking.. he'll make someone a wonderful husband' EXCLUSIVE: 1D STAR'S DAD OPENS HIS HEART.. AND ALBUMS.

Byline: SHARON FEINSTEIN

HE'S a member of the hottest boyband on the planet.

Young, handsome and loaded, it's no wonder One Direction's Niall Horan gets mobbed by screaming girls wherever he goes.

But rather than making the most of it like bandmate Harry Styles, Niall's dad Bobby has revealed the constant attention from girls actually scares him.

"There are hordes of young girls around him, and not much room to breathe anywhere. He says it can be frightening.

"Coming out of airports and girls crowding around their cars, he's started to get really claustrophobic."

But while Niall, 18, was spotted last week splashing about in a pool full of bikini-clad girls in Marbella, and has been linked to US teen star Demi Lovato, Bobby, 51, says his boy is happy to leave the ladies' man routine to Harry.

"Harry knows how to win the girls over and charm them. But he's a real gent, a lovely, well-mannered, well brought up lad. " Niall, from Mullingar in County Westmeath in Ireland, was only five when Bobby and Niall's mum Maura split in 1999 after 15 years.

Initially he and his brother Greg, who is six years older, went to live with Maura, but both boys eventually returned to live with Bobby.

He was delighted to welcome them back after being apart from them for a year.

"They came home one night and that was it, they told me they'd decided to stay.

"I was very lonely for that year without them so of course I was really happy to have them back. I had a family around me again."

IRONING And according to Bobby, who works on the meat counter at Tesco, Niall is not only extremely domesticated, he's in touch with his feminine side. "He has a very soft side to him. His mother taught him to bake... he can do cupcakes.

"He had to look after himself a lot because I was working, so from the age of seven he had to do his own washing, his own ironing and often his own cooking.

"To my mind all kids should be able to do what he can.

"When he was at school I tried to get home for 4.30pm, but I started early mornings, so Niall had to get himself up and walk the mile-and-a-half to school.

"So he's well-adapted for where he is now... independent and away from home. He'll make someone a wonderful husband."

But although it was an all-male household, their mum was still very much part of their lives.

"They lived with me but their mother was very involved and we made decisions together.

"Niall always had two birthday parties... one here and one at his mum's and whenever she wanted to see them she would come over.

We still get on very well. Maura has married again, she lives in the next county and she's extremely proud of Niall." And according to Bobby, Niall was always a pin-up in the making.

"He always dressed himself well and had a nice style about him. He never left the house without making sure he looked good."

Niall was only 16 when he left Mullingar to audition for The X Factor as a solo contestant before he was persuaded to form One Direction. "Niall hasn't lived at home since the day he left for that audition. And despite his international celebrity status, he still has his own bedroom, although it is at the bottom of the garden.

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And with the Irish economy still in crisis, Bobby knows how fortunate Niall is. "Obviously he didn't get any school qualifications because of The X Factor but he's a very intelligent boy.

LUCKY "Niall's friends have no hope when they finish because of the economy, it's very likely they'll end up on the dole. He's now in a completely different league to the people from here. We're very conscious of how lucky he is to be in this position."

But Bobby, who has been dating his partner Aiofe for two years, isn't interested in his famous son's money. "I don't know whether it's true that he's made pounds 2million, but if it is, it's all his. I want absolutely nothing from him, I'm happy with what I've got. Niall knows I love my work and wouldn't want to stop, so he's not going to force money on to me. I love working at Tesco. I'm up at five and I'm at work at six and meet people all day long and I love it.

"I hope he invests his money very wisely and doesn't do anything airy fairy with it.

"Niall and I have a laugh about the Maseratis and Aston Martins and expensive watches the celebrities and pop stars do with their money, it won't be the way he goes, I can assure you.

He hasn't even got his driving licence.

"He's had no time to have lessons."

Bobby is sure that his famous son will keep his feet on the ground. "He works very hard with One Direction but he loves it. Niall absolutely loves life, doesn't take things too seriously and doesn't get hung up about anything."

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