Niall Horan recently took to Twitter to share that he was celebrating a very special anniversary. Monday makes it seven years since Niall applied to be on “The X Factor,” the TV show that landed him in One Direction and launched his career.
The singer was a bit reflective as he considered how far he’s come since landing a spot on the reality talent competition. Some of Niall’s new music has already served as a look back at Niall’s life before One Direction. His new post highlights again how far he’s come from the 16-year-old who was just trying to land a spot on the show.
Calling himself the “Irish Justin Bieber,” Niall passed his audition thanks to the good graces of judge Katy Perry. But after seven years of 1D–including the ongoing hiatus–Niall isn’t exactly the new Justin, and fans might be thankful for that. While Justin faces a revolving door of legal troubles and fan drama, Niall spends most of his free time on the golf course.
Who knows if 16-year-old Niall could’ve seen where he’d be seven years later? But if he’s able to hang around like this, maybe being boring isn’t such a bad thing after all?
Check out Niall’s tweet below.
(Photo credit: Niall Horan Instagram account)