One Direction's Niall Horan admits he felt like a prisoner in the boyband
Niall Horan has opened up about his time in One Direction.
The 'Slow Hands' singer found worldwide fame at the age of 17 when he auditioned for The X Factor and was put into the top-selling boyband.
Speaking to the ITV reality show's host Dermot O'Leary for his podcast Just People, Niall was asked if he ever felt like a prisoner while in the group.
"A couple of times, yeah," he said.
"Because we were 17, 18, 19 for the first few years, and I struggled with it.
"As you know, I have to be doing something all the time and the thoughts of just closing the curtain in the hotel room was just madness to me.
"I really struggled with the idea, 'Why won't you just let us out? We just want to go for a walk!' But you can't get inside the brain of a fan."
He continued: "Now I completely get it, but at the time we were like, 'You're our age, will you just let us out so we can walk down the street! You must understand!'"
Niall added: "In the UK, it was nuts. We'd go and do signings here and there and bits and pieces and that was crazy.
"That was the first kind of side of it, you know, banging on car windows.
"Around the release of 'What Makes You Beautiful' is when it really kicked off. We did a HMV run around the country, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, to do the signings and that was the first time I seen the madness."
One Direction were formed in 2010, with member Zayn Malik leaving in 2015. The group released another album as a four-piece, Made in the A.M., and went on hiatus in 2016.
Since then, there's been a lot of talk about the group reuniting, with Liam Payne saying in 2019 that if it does happen, it won't be for "at least two years" owing to their respective solo careers.