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Niall Horan is set to take the stage at the 2017 CMA Awards tonight with Maren Morris to perform their song “Seeing Blind.” But, Morris is not the lady in Horan’s life right now. Currently, he is rumored to be dating a woman named Olympia Valance, who is an Australian model and actress. She is most commonly known for her role as Paige Smith on the soap opera Neighbours. And, she is not the only famous person in her family. In fact, her step-father is Australian Rock Legend Ross Wilson and he has been married to Valance’s mother since 1999.
According to The Sun, Valance has admitted to getting “close” with former One Direction member Niall Horan and the two have reportedly been going out on “secret dates”. Valance revealed, “We’ve known each other for a couple of years now. He obviously spends a lot of time in Australia with his cousins. We just met in Australia and we’ve been messaging ever since and yeah we have hung out together a bit. We are quite close. I see him when I come to London and he sees me when he’s in Oz.” Despite this, though, both Horan and Valance have separately told The Sun that they are each single. Valance specifically stated, “I am single at the moment. I’ve been single pretty much all this year and it’s been really nice. I’ve always had problems being on my own before and now I’m actually like, I really love this and just not having anyone to answer to.”
While Horan and Valance have hung out, Horan recently told 60 Minutes Australia that he and Valance are not an item. Horan laughed, “She texted me the other day and she was like ‘they’re hassling me in the newspapers about this.’ But we just hung out in Melbourne. Her friends are friends with some of my friends that was living there … Honest to god, I’m surprised I haven’t been linked to my own mother. It’s kind of like you can’t be seen near a female.” Previously, Valance was in a relationship with ex-boyfriend Greg Cannell, who she split with in February 2016, according to The Daily Mail. She announced the break up news via Twitter, writing, “Just a quick note from me- Sadly Greg & I have separated. To the most incredible man ever, I wish him so much happiness and success.”
In addition to going solo in his music career, Horan recently teamed up with modeling agency Wilhemina. So, it looks like Horan will be doing some modeling. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Horan talked about the opportunity, saying, “Obviously, I’m into the fashion side of things. I think it’s part of our culture, and what we do, and my job. I just kind of like fashion in general. I wouldn’t say I was a model. I’m far from that, but obviously Wilhelmina thinks different. It’s gonna be fun to see what happens. Now that it’s been put in front of me I’m just really excited about it to be honest.” He also said that he might be open to acting if the right gig was offered to him. He admitted, “I’ve never really thought about it. I am quite impatient so a lot of that waiting around between takes would absolutely kill me. But still, you know, I never thought that I’d be signing to a modeling agency, so I don’t know. Obviously if the right thing came around I’d give it a look, but I doubt that they’ll be coming and knocking at my door.”