Niall Horan Got Real About Just How Intense One Direction Fans Could Be

    "Why won't you just let us out?"

    You know Niall Horanespecially if you were a One Direction fan.

    Niall Horan at the 2020 BRIT Awards

    If you were a fan, hopefully you respected Horan and his bandmates' boundaries — because it sounds like all the intensity around 1D's heyday really stressed them out.

    During a recent episode of the People, Just People podcast, Horan admitted that he sometimes felt "like a prisoner" as a member of One Direction because of the fervent fandom that the band attracted.

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    "I struggled with the idea of, 'Why won't you just let us out?'" he told host Dermot O'Leary while recalling instances in which fans would bang on the windows of the cars they traveled in: "We just want to go for a walk, you know?"

    "You can't get inside the brain of a fan, and now I completely get it, but at the time, you're like, 'You're our age. Just let us out.'"

    He continued, "'We just want to walk down the street. You must understand.'"

    Horan also recounted not being able to "see ... all these amazing cities" the band toured in because of the massive fan presence.

    "The police had done a head count, and there were 10,000 people in the street the whole time," he recalled about a specific instance in Lima, Peru, where the band couldn't even go for a walk in a nearby shopping center.

    Of course, the days of 1D are pretty far behind Horan at this point: He released his second solo album, Heartbreak Weather, last year, which included the single "Nice to Meet Ya."

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    And if One Direction ever get back together, here's hoping that everyone can be a little more chill about it, for the boys' sake.