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Niall Horan’s ‘heartbreak’ over split from Hailee Steinfield inspired new album

The 26-year-old singer/songwriter is preparing to release his second solo record, after his first album Flicker in 2017.

‘Going through heartbreak helped write the ballads, even some of the happy songs – the sad songs that are dressed up as happy songs sometimes,’ he told Billboard.

‘I have stuff that I want to write about on my mind all the time. I had just gone through a break up, which helps when it comes to writing songs, I guess. It helps vent the emotions.’

Niall split from 22-year-old Pitch Perfect actor Hailee after about a year together.