One Direction's Niall Horan is angry that a fan took a photo of him while he was sleeping on a plane

One Direction's Niall Horan played golf at Galgorm last month

IT CAN’T always be easy or fun being a celebrity. It probably is for 99 per cent of the time, what with the freebies, the preferential treatment and the flattery.

But then there’s the one percent – and little Niall Horan from One Direction had a taste of it on a recent flight from London to Chicago.

It wasn't snakes on a plane. It was worse. Worse even than the film.

An average Joe was sitting opposite the popstar and the two had a chat. So far so convivial.

Niall said he was under the weather and did the person mind if he didn't pose for any pictures. So the fan waited for him to fall asleep and then sneaked a photo.

The final insult was when they posted the picture and the story online.

"To sum up the PERFECT European adventure, I sat directly next to Niall from One Direction for 9 hours on my flight from London last night," they wrote.

"He was sick and asked for no selfies, but here is a pic I snapped when he was sleeping lol he was so friendly! Talked about Ireland, LSE, lolla and more. Not a British Duke… but an Irish popstar will do. Thanks for treating me so well Europe.”

Invasion of privacy, anyone?

Niall wasn’t impressed when he saw it and tweeted: “I think this s*** is unreal. I mean if you can't sleep on a plane without people taking photos of you, what can u do”.

You’re right Niall. It was a pretty crappy and creepy thing to happen. Sleb Safari feels sorry for him.

No-one enjoys travelling when sick. Sleb Safari once fainted in the aisle of an aeroplane and came to, on its back, with its head under a seat. And the vomiting, oh the vomiting.

Niall probably picked up his bug while playing golf in Galgorm.

Just kidding the greater Ballymena area – you know Sleb Safari isn’t going to jeopardise a freedom of the borough for a cheap gag.

Regardless of his celebrity status, Niall's privacy was invaded on that flight and the potential for social media exposure is only going to get worse.

You just know that someone is going to live stream a celebrity’s live stream in a bathroom sometime soon.

Where will this all end?


Competition: win a Ballymaloe Foods Hamper

IRISH family food company Ballymaloe Foods has launched its delicious Ballymaloe Original Relish range in Northern Ireland and to celebrate is giving away a picnic basket packed full of Ballymaloe goodies.

The company was established in 1990 by Yasmin Hyde, daughter of Myrtle and Ivan Allen of Ballymaloe House, and the recipe for Ballymaloe Original Relish has remained unchanged since the 1930s.

The relish will be sold in Spar, Eurospar, Vivo, VivoExtra, Supervalu, Centra, Mace, Dunnes and independent stores.

To be in with a chance to win the hamper answer the following question correctly:

In which county is Ballymaloe House situated?

Email your answer to and mark it Sleb Safari Competition. Please include your name, address and phone number. The deadline is noon on Wednesday August 10. Normal Irish News rules apply.

:: For more information on the Ballymaloe range, visit


Zac Efron: an insight

High School Musical and Baywatch star Zac Efron is busy promoting a film or two and has been giving some insightful interviews.

Take this one in the Times for example about overcoming substance abuse and speaking openly about it.

"I don’t want to sound high and mighty, and I only know my story. There’s a theory that actors should live like monks. You stay private, you make a great movie, then that’s all people see and you’re not a product of your struggle.

"But if you’re comfortable sharing your story, celebrate it. Most days I wake up excited now."

And the first thing he does?

"Fifty push-ups. It’s a tradition I got from Batman. Once you’ve done 50 push-ups, you’re not thinking about anything else.”

He does know Batman's not real, doesn't he?

 Zac Efron gets some Baywatch tips from the Hoff



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