Niall Horan Snubbing One Direction For New Boy Band With Ronan Keating?

It looks like 1D may have some competition!

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Niall Horan may be at the height of his fame with One Direction but it looks as though the Irish star may have found himself a set of new bandmates with Ronan Keating joking they have formed a new group.

The 19-year-old is coming to the end of One Direction's mammoth world tour which is currently in Australia and they are gearing up to release their third studio album 'Midnight Memories' next month when Ronan Keating will be celebrating Boyzone's 20th anniversary, but it would seems the pair have set their sights elsewhere and have joined forces to create their own new boy band.


Niall Horan joining forces with Ronan Keating for new boy band? (Ronan Keating/Twitter)

Risking the wrath of thousands of Directioners, Ronan tweeted a photo of himself posing alongside up and coming singer Jai Waetford, Niall and the star's Irish pal Stephen “Deo” Devine, along with the caption: “Check out this new boyband,” to which Niall joked: “State of us haha!”

One Direction have a busy couple of months ahead of them as their 'Take Me Home' tour draws to a close with their final leg in Australia and New Zealand and two extra dates in Tokyo, Japan at the beginning of November, while they will be releasing their third album 'Midnight Memories' on November 25.

The album's lead single 'Best Song Ever' proved to be successful on the charts and even scored an MTV Video Music Award for Song of the Summer while the boys have just announced the second single will be 'Story Of My Life' and released the accompanying artwork.

 One Direction are currently the hottest boy band in the world (FayesVision/WENN)

Meanwhile, Boyzone have just announced their brand new single 'Love Will Save The Day' will be released on November 17 in celebration of their 20th anniversary and will act as the lead single from their upcoming fifth studio album 'BZ20.'

“We're incredibly proud to announce the release of our new studio album BZ20 and our new home at Warner Music,” read a statement from the group.

“It seems crazy that 20 years have passed since we first got together but we are as excited now with the new album as we were back then. Bring on the next 20 years!"

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