Niall Horan of One Direction issued an apology on Twitter after he let slip the C-word. The 18-year-old was filmed on mobile phone greeting his female fans at Dublin airport, calling them "a shower of c***s".
Horan and his bandmates had just returned from the U.S. on Tuesday, July 3. A group of girls greeted him upon arrival and he lightheartedly said, "Remember the last time I walked out here? You shower of c***s."
His fans appeared to be undeterred by his remarks, asking him to send a happy birthday message for a friend. Horan spoke into the camera and gave a thumb up.
After the video went viral, Horan realized that it was not a proper word to use. "Really sorry if I caused any offence. It was just banter with fans who I think of more as mates," he tweeted. "But I understand that it's not a word I should be using at all."
His female fans defended the singing star, writing in the video description, "He's so nice, even though he called us a shower of c***s but hey. It was banter."