One Direction heartthrob Niall Horan has said that he wants his future girlfriend to be normal, insisting that they must see past his boyband fame.

The 20-year-old Mullingar native explained that he finds it difficult to find love when he is always on the road touring.

Speaking to E! News, Niall said: ''You have to find the one who ... just sees you as a normal person, which is exactly what I am, and just like you for who you are and not because I'm in One Direction.''

Horan also addressed his recent run in with the paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport during which Niall was knocked to the ground.

He added: ''I wasn't expecting it ... there was loads of paps -50, 60 paps - and the fans were behind them. They start pushing each other, which meant we got pushed. Then someone pushed me and dragged me to the floor, and then it was all a bit crazy and Zayn was being dragged around.''

It was recently revealed that a museum celebrating the career of Niall Horan is set to open in his hometown of Mullingar next summer.