Niall Horan has silenced rumours he is dating Olympia Valance.

The 24-year-old singer has denied claims he has been romancing the 24-year-old Australian model and actress, and has admitted the pair have ''hung out'' because they share mutual friends.

Speaking about his love life on Australia's '60 Minutes', the 'Slow Hands' hitmaker said: ''No, I heard about this. We just hung out in Melbourne. Her friends are friends with some of my friends that are living there.''

And the 'Neighbours' star - who is the sister of singer-and-actress Holly Valance - has admitted the pair have been ''messaging'' each other ever since they met in Australia, although she has insisted she is still ''single''.

Speaking previously, the brunette beauty said: ''I see him when I come to London and he sees me when he's in Oz.

''We've known each other for a couple of years now. He obviously spends a lot of time in Australia with his cousins. We just met in Australia and we've been messaging ever since and yeah we have hung out together a bit.

''I am single at the moment. I've been single pretty much all this year and it's been really nice. I've always had problems being on my own before and now I'm actually like, I really love this and just not having anyone to answer to.''

Niall has just released his debut solo LP 'Flicker' and the reaction to his music has been very positive.

The Irish pop star is delighted by how his album and performances have been received because he admits he found it a little bit ''daunting'' when he took to the stage on his own without his bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson by his side following their decision to go on hiatus from January 2016.

Niall - who was also joined in the boy band by Zayn Malik before he quit in March 2015 - said: ''It's obviously been a little bit different to be doing out on my own. I spent so much time with the lads and we spent good years together and we had success, so going out on my own was obviously going to be a bit of a daunting prospect. But it's been really fun, I've been glad I've been able to write - in my head - some good stuff and share it with the world. I found it really helpful that I could explore everything and I didn't have to worry about what anyone else thought. So it was good I was able to have that freedom and go with it.''