Niall Horan Just Responded to Katy Perry’s Flirting Claims

He's basically like, "Um...no?"

Niall Horan and Katy Perry have a…complicated history. She was the determining vote when he auditioned for X Factor and they’ve been bumping into each other (online, at awards shows, etc.) ever since. Katy continued to support Niall when One Direction took off:

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And then they shared that infamous smooch on stage at the 2012 VMAs. Both singers joked about their “relationship” after the kiss.

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After she complimented him publicly, Niall professed his “love” for KP. He even did the old joke Twitter proposal:

And then the next time they hung out, the pair took a selfie and joked that the marriage was on:

she said yes ! It's happening! Haha

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The marriage joke captions kept coming:

Me and my groomsmen and my lovely wife hahahaha

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It looks like Katy might have taken Niall’s comments a little too seriously though. According to Teen Vogue, in an interview with Sydney’s Nova FM, Katy said that Niall was “always trying to like get my number to maybe like flirt with me but I’m like, ‘I can babysit you!’ I’m like your mum.”

Niall has responded. In an interview with The Project, he kindly pleaded with Katy to stop dragging him for the flirty jokes.

“Katy, please stop being mean to me,” Niall said. (It’s important to note that he smiled right after—there’s no bad blood here!). Then he explained the friendly nature of the ongoing joke. “She’s just finding any excuse now to patronize me and go around spreading rumors about me. I just want to be your friend.”

 

Niall also addressed Katy’s dig at their age difference (he’s 23 and she’s 32). “I mean, she’s talking like she’s about 55 years older than me, she’s not that much older than me!”

We love these two and adore their joke-flirty friendship. Never change, guys.

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