Niall Horan had a night out with the guys in Barcelona and one special girl – his friend Ariana Grande. Responding to speculation linking them over few weeks, the pop princess insisted that there is no romance. However, they were happy enough to party together in the Spanish city's Botafumeiro restaurant.
The two stars joined celebrations for their friend Alfredo Flores' 26th birthday ahead of Ariana's concert in Catalonia on Tuesday. Niall arrived first with Alfredo, a photographer.
He had been performing with One Direction in Brussels on Saturday and made a pit stop in Spain before moving on to a show with his group in Denmark on Tuesday.
As the American singer arrived, she fought her way through a group of fans. Ariana later congratulated Alfredo on Twitter writing: " happy birthday to one of my fav human beings on earth @alfredoflores!!!!!! you are an actual angel. i love u, fredo!!
It's the second time this month that the beauty has been out on the town with the personable Irishman. In June Ariana and Niall were seen at London's Cirque Le Soir club with a group of her girlfriends.
However, the 21-year-old – who recently split up with Big Sean – expressed frustration that her music career is often overshadowed by interest in her love life. She blamed misogyny, saying: "'I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION. I do not. Belong. To anyone. But myself."
Ariana concluded with a quote by famed American feminist Gloria Steinem that read: "Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke… She will need her sisterhood."
Her statement was met with support from other musicians, including Rita Ora, Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift. "I'm so proud of you, always. But especially today," Taylor wrote on Twitter.