It’s usually his band mate Harry Styles who has a soft spot for older women, but last night Niall Horan followed in his footsteps.
As the boy band arrived onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Katy Perry, 27, eagerly star greeted the 18-year-old singer with a peck – but not on his cheek.
Niall puckered up for the kiss on the lips from Katy and he certainly looked as if he enjoyed it. Katy made sure she turned heads on the red carpet wearing a stunning sheer gown.
The singer traded her candy colored costumes for a more elegant look in a black Elie Saab dress with sequin detailing. The U.S star, who was up for four awards tonight, showed off her curves in the stunning Saab number with leather detailing before taking a seat inside the Staples Center in downtown L.A. next to friend Rihanna.
She presented the Moonman to One Direction for their hit single What Makes You Beautiful.
Niall promptly tweeted a picture of the pair kissing, writing to Katy: ‘@NiallOfficial: @katyperry looks like its official … me and you’, to which the amused singer wrote back: ‘I’ll be your Mrs. Robinson…’
Katy, clearly a big fan of the teen sensations, earlier took to the micro-blogging website, frantically posting her fears One Direction had cancelled its performance at the event.
She tweeted: ‘If One Direction doesn’t perform on the VMAs I am gonna jump off this ledge.’ But realizing she was mistaken, promptly backtracked before they took the stage: ‘Oh, it was just a rumor.’
Katy is nominated for four VMAs tonight: Video of the Year (Wide Awake), Best Visual Effects in a Video (Wide Awake), Best Art Direction in a Video (Wide Awake) and Best Female Video (Part of Me).
The star, originally from Santa Barbara, took to Twitter again after winning the prize for Best Art Direction.
She wrote: ‘Best art direction moon man is so hipster cool! YAY! #everyoneinsilverlakewildnout #peopleinsilverlakewouldntsaywildnout’.
The VMAs will have undoubtedly brought back painful memories for Katy, who began dating ex-husband Russell Brand shortly after a run-in at the VMAs in 2009.
The pair were married in October, 2010, but finalized their divorce just earlier this year.
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