Niall Horan has revealed he almost stopped the release of his second album at the last minute due to feeling "deflated" because of the pandemic.

The 27-year-old Mullingar man released his second studio album Heartbreak Weather in March of last year, just as much of the world was going into lockdown.

Speaking to Dermot O'Leary on his People, Just People podcast, Horan opened up about that time saying, "I felt really deflated over it, like, what’s the point in releasing it? I nearly pulled the album release."

Horan has been in the US at the time and after flying to the UK he said, "I was like, 'We need to pull the album’, but it was minutes away from coming out in Australia.

"I wanted to cancel it, but then when would I have released it? Then I felt like, what’s the point in releasing new singles now because I can’t get out?"

Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi have not made any headway with their collaboration

Horan also gave an update on his highly-anticipated collaboration with Lewis Capaldi saying their friendship is getting in the way of their productivity.

"We’re good friends. He’s working on his album at the moment and I’m just writing bits and pieces," he explained.

"He’s been down to London, made some pieces. We’ve had a few more pints than we’ve written songs and that kind of gives away the friendship more than anything."

The two were supposed to go on tour together last year.