One Direction star Niall Horan has apologised for swearing at his fans at Dublin airport on his return home on Monday.
The 18-year-old Irish boyband star was filmed on a mobile phone using foul language. The video was later uploaded to YouTube.
Horan walked past a group of girls waiting for him and said:
"Remember the last time I walked out here? You shower of c****."
The fans appeared unoffended and continued to talk to him, requesting a happy birthday message for a friend which he gave into the camera with a thumbs up.
But Horan went on to apologise on Twitter for his use of the expletive.
really sorry if I caused any offence. It was just banter with fans who I think of more as mates
but I understand that it's not a word I should be using at all
The fans who uploaded the video also leapt to his defence, describing his expletive as "banter".