Niall Horan has become the latest music star to scrap their touring plans because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Mullingar man shared the news on Instagram on Friday that his Nice to Meet Ya World Tour would not be going ahead in 2020 as planned. The tour was due to start in the US next month.

In a statement, Horan said: "This was a difficult decision, but the wellbeing of my fans and touring family is always my top priority. Not being able to tour for what is effectively most of 2020 just didn't feel right and I'm so sorry to all you amazing people who bought tickets.

"I look forward to being able to bring new music and a new tour for all of my fans around the world in 2021."

"I want to announce new dates soon but I don't think it's fair on you guys to do so until the dust has settled and things have gone back to normal," he continued.

"For now, all tickets purchased will be refunded - for info please visit www.niallhoran.com

I am going to focus on writing and recording more in order to be back touring next year with more music to play for you all.

"As you all know touring and having the fortune to play in front of all of you beautiful people is the reason I love my job and my life.

"I cannot wait to be back. For the time being, please stay safe everyone. Love you all, Nialler x."

Horan is still among the line-up for week two of the RTÉ 2FM/Instagram live gigs to raise funds for Childline and the ISPCC.

Following the success of last week's live streaming shows - which saw the likes of Hozier and Dermot Kennedy play sets on their Instagram pages which were simulcast on 2FM - the coming week will see Horan playing on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00pm on his Instagram page and 2FM.

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