While in town for the On the Road Again tour, Niall and bandmate Harry Styles visited a local casino. That's when eagle-eyed fans say they saw him not only kissing 21-year-old Melissa Anne Whitelaw, but holding her waist and playing with her hair. If this is all to be believed, it would seem Nialler is boo'd up.
But is he?
A source close to One Direction slammed the story to The Sun (via Sugarscape) saying, "Niall and Melly have known each other for ages. They didn't kiss on Sunday. He was just leaning in to talk to her because of the noise in the bar." You know, like the time Taylor Swift was supposedly making out with BFF Karlie Kloss at the 1975 concert, but really they were just trying to hear each other inside the loud arena?
Still, photos have surfaced of the the two together, which is enough reason for the fandom to keep a watchful eye on them. They include the ombré beauty following closely behind Niall while touching down in Sydney, her on a yacht with a group that included longtime 1D girlfriend Eleanor Calder, and her hanging at the boys' concert with Louis Tomlinson's sis Lottie and the band's hairdresser, Lou Teasdale.
This is Melly btw pic.twitter.com/B0ISc2PpXw- Radio1D (@Radio1Direction) February 15, 2015
Judging by these pics, Melissa is definitely in the inner circle. At the very least, she and Niall are close.
Melissa, Lottie and Lux at the boys' concert! pic.twitter.com/K1KJqV9XFr- Nelissa Updates (@NiallAndMelissa) February 15, 2015
Other "facts" we know about the brunette courtesy of the Nelissa Updates Twitter account: she's a journalism student from Sydney, she's under 5'9", she's a Gemini and she's a big One Direction fan.
If anything, Harry can thank Niall for taking the attention off him and Nadine Leopold for the time being.