It’s been a week since Niall Horan‘s debut solo album Flicker was introduced to the world, and there’s one question in particular that’s been on fans’ minds that Horan has finally answered: who is the mysterious girl that he’s singing about in “Mirrors”?
Horan stopped by Fresh 102.7 in New York to chat with morning hosts Karen Carson and Jeffrey Jameson about the album and the process behind its creation. “I’m pretty excited about it, to be honest,” Horan admits. “I’ve obviously spent a lot of time on these songs, so to have them out to the world and do well and watch them climb the charts this week has been a nice sense of achievement.”
“Mirrors,” one of the album’s standout tracks, tells the story of an insecure girl who struggles with her body image and her own perception of attractiveness. While Horan says that sometimes his lyrics are personal and sometimes they come from his imagination, “Mirrors” was different: similar to the birth of “The Girl From Ipanema,” Horan was inspired to write it at a café while observing a girl by herself.
“I had this idea; obviously I see a lot of stuff online and I know girls in general. I was in Pret [a Manger] one day in town and I was looking at my phone and I had seen a girl in the corner who I thought looked a little bit upset or whatever, [was] on her own and looked a little bit lonely,” he recalls. “The waiter came over and made her laugh out loud and her laugh made me look over.”
That laugh was what sparked Horan to pen a song about the unknowing girl. He wrote what he’d seen on his phone, and “picked the story up a few months later and wrote a song about it.”
?Watch Horan talk about the mystery girl below.
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