A Twitter prank allegedly played by Niall Horan has been criticised, after the One Direction singer seemingly logged into the account of another musician and tweeted that the other man was "experimenting" with his sexuality.
Horan, along with TV and radio presenter Eoghan McDermott, is believed to have posted from the profile of Niall Breslin, who rose to fame with band The Blizzards. The pair reportedly wrote: "I’ve been experimenting with my sexuality. No conclusions reached as of yet but it’s been a fun ride so far."
In reply Breslin posted: "That last tweet came to you from @eoghanmcdermo and @NiallOfficail. School boy error."
It has not been confirmed whether the comment was written by Horan and McDermott. The Independent has approached both of them for comment.
The tweets have since been deleted, but further tweets from Breslin acknowledging and apologising for their content remain live.
One Twitter user, who also captured a screen shot of the original tweets, posted: "Kind of disappointed in tweet from @nbrez account joking about experimenting with your sexuality."
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1/20 One Direction
'I'm so jealous of everyone that meets One Direction. Then again if I met Harry I would hyperventilate, suffocate and die so...' - @m_a_g_z_i_e
2/20 One Direction
'If I ever received a tweet from anyone in One Direction I'd literally die on the spot and I want my obituary and tombstone to blame them.' - @aurosan
3/20 One Direction
'When I die, I want the One Direction 'Talk Dirty to Me' video displayed at my funeral, on a screen projected over my casket, playing non stop, thank you.' - @zaynlikespayne
4/20 One Direction
'I cannot speak I want to write the word 'love' everywhere and tell everyone I love One Direction more than anything ever.' - @sneezeharrys
5/20 One Direction
'I'm in the 'I'm gonna die alone with 8 cats and my posters of One Direction don't breath near me or I'll punch you' mood.' - @nouisteenagers
6/20 One Direction
'HARRY. YOU ARE NOT A GOD DAMN MAN WHORE. YOU ARE A CUPCAKE. JESUS.' - @daddyslittlelou
7/20 One Direction
When 1D were on the cover of GQ magazine: 'The GQ pictures make me want to stab myself in the uterus!' - @ziallsafari
8/20 One Direction
'I hope that I die before any of the boys in One Direction does cause I will not be able to even move if they go before I do.' - @pokeniall
9/20 One Direction
Another GQ response read: 'Holy. C**p. The boys on the cover of GQ magazine. Someone shoot me. Push me off a cliff. Stab me!' - @wafaastalks
10/20 One Direction
'Person: Why do you love One Direction? Me: Why do you breathe? Person: If I didn't I'd die. Me: Exactly.' - @idrugsharry
11/20 One Direction
'Don't hate on Louis you f**king a******s or I will shove bleach into your a******s and pull out your eyes with a spork.' - @fxkinlouis
12/20 One Direction
'When are you in public and a One Direction song comes on and your kidneys rupture and then you die.' - @harryhasbooty
13/20 One Direction
'If One Direction were falling off a cliff and I could only save one then I'd shoot myself so we could all die and meet in heaven' - @austinrahone
14/20 One Direction
''One Direction is goin' to be the next to break up'. If you don't shut up I will break your neck and pray for you to die.' - @bubblegumniall
15/20 One Direction
'My friend doesn't like One Direction and I told her that if she said something rude on Twitter she would die.' - @flashing1D
16/20 One Direction
'Do you ever feel like you want to scream and cry and laugh and smile and die because of One Direction. Because same.' - @chenloves1d
17/20 One Direction
'When Niall cuddles someone or something and his cheeks do the thing I die.' - @daintyiero
18/20 One Direction
'My parents always say 'They're gonna die down' and 'You'll grow out of them'. No f**k you I'm getting One Direction tattooed across my face.' - @calumshoran
19/20 One Direction
'Dear One Direction, you stole my heart but that's okay. I like my boys like I like my tea - hot and British with some Irish creme.' - @torii_rakusx
20/20 One Direction
'Imagine Niall barging into the church and saying 'I OBJECT' to your marriage because he loves you.' - @niamhabitat
She added: "What’s more unsettling are all the favourites/retweets… I’m a fan of @nbrez but not ok with that type of 'humour'."
In response Breslin tweeted:
Meanwhile, McDermott tweeted:
However, some Twitter users said Breslin, who is an ambassador for mental health organisation Cycle Against Suicide (CAS), had not addressed the potential ramifications of the tweet on the LGBT community.
One user said: "Disappointing to see @nbrez brush aside a joke about sexuality made on his account. Many young people struggle desperately with their sexuality."
And another said: "When one of the main issues in that area [LGBT] is mental health a throwaway joke like that is really disappointing."
Breslin requested that his work for CAS not be questioned and replied:
In the past, One Direction have been praised by fans for lending their support to the LGBT community. In November Harry Styles was interviewed alongside bandmate Liam Payne by ODE in a segment called "FourPlay".
Asked what they look for in a girl, Payne answered: "Female, it’s a good trait."
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