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Niall Horan's Response To Katy Perry Awkwardly Accusing Him Of Always Asking Her Out Is Humiliating

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In one of the more cringe-worthy stories of the day, Katy Perry publicly declared that the One Direction member Niall Horan asked for her number — and he denied it. 

While discussing her new role as a judge on "American Idol," the singer commented on her admiration for Horan. They met while she was a judge on the "X-Factor," and he was just a 16-year-old kid hoping to one day be as big as Justin Bieber. 

"Niall's amazing, I love him, and I think we feel very connected in a way because, I, like, have helped him get through The X Factor to join his group," the 32-year-old star said. What started off as a sweet compliment, quickly turned strange. 

"I see him around all the time," Perry continued. "He's always trying to like, get my number, to like, maybe flirt with me but I'm like, 'I could babysit you. I'm like your mom!'" 

The next day, Horan went on an Australian TV news show and immediately shut the rumors down AND put KP in the friend zone. 

"Katy, please stop being mean to me," he said. "She's just finding any excuse now to just patronize me and go around spreading rumors about me. I just want to be your friend!"

The 23-year-old referenced the singer's age as a really silly reason for her to freak out. 

I mean, age never bothered Katy Perry before. Just this year, Miley Cyrus said she was the inspiration behind KP's "I Kissed A Girl," and she was only 15 at the time. Katy Perry would have been 22. 

"I mean, she is talking like she is about 55 years older than me," he added. "She is not that much older than me."

And of course, rather than just letting this sh*t go, Katy insisted AGAIN that Niall wants to date her. She said the following on the same radio station this morning: 

"Have you ever seen the movie The Graduate? That's kinda what this feels like... I could be his mum!"

Though Katy's recent unusual behavior might make people quick to take Niall's side on this friendly fued, some photos of the two do hint at a close relationship.

Maybe even some flirting?

I mean, there was some smooching in the good ole "X-Factor" days. 

Were there really some advances made or is Katy Perry just misreading some signals? Who knows.

But Katy, for future reference, keep your list of potential secret admirers to yourself.

Emily Blackwood is a freelance writer, editor and journalist who covers relationships, entertainment & news, pop culture, and wellness.