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If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Unfortunately for Niall Horan, it appears that some of his fans weren’t exactly taught that simple but valuable lesson growing up. In a series of tweets posted Tuesday afternoon, the One Direction member decided to share his difficulties with a small but powerful group of followers.
His messages may just bring awareness to the cruel words some spread through social media.
“For the last two weeks, I’ve been receiving messages off a group of fans, they have drowned my phone in messages, keeping me awake at night,” he wrote on Twitter. “But the worst part is. They have been nothing but abusive. Saying things you wouldn’t even believe about me and my family. And saying the worst things ever about my little nephew.”
He continued, “Thank God I’m not the kind of person who thinks into stuff like this but I just think it’s crazy how we let people away with things like this.”
So could Niall’s latest messages stop the not-so-nice messages from appearing? Real fans can only hope. But if we’re trusting the “Best Song Ever” singer’s words, there is still a long way to go.
“And the sad thing is. As I tweet this, they are in the group chat laughing at me,” Niall shared. “Don’t worry about me. I’m the most carefree, laid back person around. But I’m just signaling it, because this s—te is happening to others.”
If there’s any consolation, thousands of followers quickly made #RespectNiall trend worldwide. After all, Directioners are not going to let anyone drag Niall down.