Katy Perry Reveals Why She Will Always Be ‘Connected’ To One Direction’s Niall Horan

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A lot may have changed since Katy Perry gave Niall Horan the greenlight during his X Factor audition back in 2010, but the bond between the two singers remains as strong as ever. 

During a recent interview with the Australian radio station, Fitzy & Wippa, Perry opened up about her “connection” to Horan, and had nothing but positive things to say about the One Direction member, who recently debuted solo music. 

“Niall’s amazing — I love him,” Perry told Nova 96.9FM’s Fitzy & Wippa radio, as reported by People.

In case you forgot, Perry was a judge on the X Factor when Horan first auditioned seven years ago. While some members of the panel — including Simon Cowell — had some hangups about Horan, Perry decided his talent was good enough to get him through to the next round. (Horan was, of course, later paired with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik on the show — aka One Direction.) 

“I think we feel very connected in a way because, I, like, have helped him get through The X Factor to join his group” said Perry. “He’s become a big star and I’m like, ‘Cool, I guess that means I have taste?'”

Horan, too, hasn’t forgotten the role Perry played in launching him. Responding to her comments during an interview with Australia’s The Project, Horan had nothing but great things to say about the former judge. 

“I love Katy, she’s great and we get on really well. We have that connection because she had the deciding vote for me on X Factor,” said Horan, adding that the two have seen each other “loads” recently. 

Perry will be putting her “good taste” to use again very soon as she’s set to judge ABC’s American Idol revival. Here’s hoping she manages to find another talent like Horan!