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One Direction's Niall Horan may have a new lady in his life.  According to "The Sun," the 19-year-old is dating an aspiring model named Zoe Whelan. 

A source tells the paper that their romance started about two months ago after they met backstage at one of the group's shows.  Since then, Zoe - who is Irish like Niall - has been traveling all over the U.K. to spend time with him as the boys continue their tour. 

The 18-year-old model has already been facing some Twitter-hate from One Direction fans since the rumors of their relationship started.  But neither have come out and denied it. 

Over the weekend, Zoe actually responded to a number of nasty tweets from Directioners, even telling one of them that Niall "doesn't like girls who are rude and bash on others." 

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