Women of North America, look out. One Direction is touring North America with opening act Olly Murs, who has put One Direction heartthrob Niall Horan on notice that he’s going to be competition when it comes to getting female action on the tour. But not to be outdone, One Direction’s Harry Styles, whom the group says is One Direction’s biggest flirt/ladies’ man, will also likely step up his game, now that Murs is in the mix for female attention on the tour.
Horan (who is 18 years old), Styles (also 18) and Murs (27) are all unattached.
One Direction came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010. Murs came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2009.
Check out this Twitter exchange that was posted on March 27, 2012, after the One Direction/Olly Murs tour was announced:
Horan tweeted: “@ollyofficial really looking forward to the tour man, its gona be a right laugh! When we get back from oz we’ll go for a drink to celebrate.”
Murs tweeted: “@NiallOfficial indeed it will be with you crazy dudes!! Don’t be nicking my chat up lines thou!! Haha.”
(American translation: “Don’t be stealing my pickup lines.”)
The next day Murs posted this message on Twitter: “Love ladies in Jean shorts!! Very sexy look!! #schwing.”
OK, so we know what’s on Murs’ mind.
British tabloid The Sun published a ludicrous and unintentionally funny report that One Direction’s management has banned everyone in One Direction from having sex, except for 18-year-old Liam Payne, who has a serious girlfriend. (One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, 20, also has a serious girlfriend but The Sun forgot to mention that fact.) The other member of One Direction is 19-year-old Zayn Malik, who is unattached.
Meanwhile, Murs has been very open in telling the media that even though he wants to settle down and get married someday, he is currently enjoying being single. He said in a December 2011 interview with Fabulous magazine that he’s “kind of addicted to sex.”
So who will be the biggest ladies’ man on this tour? Here’s a look at where they stand:
In interviews, Murs has mentioned several women as his celebrity crush, including Cheryl Cole, Megan Fox, Kate Beckinsale, The Saturdays, Pixie Lott and Kelly Brook. Murs told Now magazine in a January 2012 interview that he wouldn’t mind having a fling with Cole. In March 2012, he posted a Twitter message to Cole asking for her phone number. She did not reply.
Later that month, Cole posted this Twitter message to the members of One Direction: “Congratulations! @louis_tomlinson @niallofficial @harry_styles @zaynmalik @real_liam_payne remember who really mentored you when @simoncowell wasn’t there LMAO!! #proudofyouboys.”
Cole reached out to Styles on Twitter, but she’s been snubbing Murs. And Styles replied to Cole with a charming Twitter message: “@CherylCole thank you! Hope you’re well, maybe see you soon.” Score one for Styles.
Meanwhile, Styles has gone where very few teen idols have gone before: He has publicly admitted that he “loves cougars” (women who date younger men), and he actually proved it by dating 32-year-old Caroline Flack, Murs’ co-host of “The Xtra Factor.” Styles has also revealed in interviews that he’s hot for older female celebrities such as Frankie Sanford of the Saturdays (23), Kim Kardashian (31) and Sofia Vergara (39). Regardless of what anyone thinks about an 18-year-old dating people in their 30s, it’s pretty confident and bold for a teen idol to publicly admit that he’s open to dating much older women. Score one for Styles.
Murs has admitted that he had a fling with Flack. And although he won’t publicly reveal when it happened, it most likely happened before Flack hooked up with Styles. Score one for Murs.
Meanwhile, Horan has said in interviews that Miranda Cosgrove and Demi Lovato have been his celebrity crushes. Horan hasn’t been romantically linked to any celebrities yet, but that could be because he’d rather date women who aren’t famous. He’s also kept his dignity by not using a public forum to asking his celebrity crush to call him. Score one for Horan.
In 2012, Murs finally moved out of his parents’ house to into his own place that he bought near his parents, and he’s living with a friend. Styles bought his own apartment (and has no roommates), while Horan is living by himself in a rented apartment. A bachelor who owns his own home and has no roommates trumps everything else. Score one for Styles.
Meanwhile, the U.K. and Irish media have been abuzz over reports that Horan is the most popular member of One Direction with the group’s American female fans because Horan is blonde, he’s Irish, he plays guitar, and he stands out from the dark-haired Brits in One Direction. He can also do wicked impersonations of people, he can masterfully mimic American accents, and he has relatives who live in America. Since this is about the guys’ chances of doing well with the ladies on their U.S. tour, Horan may have the edge when it comes to being the most relatable to Americans. Score one for Horan.
Styles and Horan are too young to legally drink alcohol in the U.S. (where the minimum legal drinking age is 21), but Murs does not have that issue. (The minimum legal drinking age in the U.K. is 18.) Murs can go to bars and nightclubs in the U.S., but Horan and Styles are limited to going to places where their age does not prevent admission. Not having to sneak around to drink alcohol or not having to worry about being too young to get into a club earns double points for any heartthrob bachelor on tour. Score two for Murs.
This is all very cheeky speculation, of course. And even though The Sun has a highly unbelievable report that the unattached guys in One Direction have been “banned” from having sex on tour, you know there’s some level of competition among them to see who’s the hottest with women. And with Murs added to the One Direction tour, things could get very interesting indeed. After all, boys will be boys.
Who do you think is the best? Is it Murs or any of the guys in One Direction?