Zoe pictured on her way to
Niall's brother's
wedding last month

One Direction fans are breathing a sigh of relief after Niall Horan’s rumored girlfriend has denied she’s dating the Mullingar native.

Celebrity gossip was rife this weekend when news broke that 19-year-old Horan was dating aspiring Irish model Zoe Whelan.

Many Directioners didn’t take kindly to the news as she was bombarded with hateful tweets.

One fan wrote: “So @Z_Whelan is the girlfriend of niall  hope that girl make my babe happy , cuz if she broke the heart of niall i KILL THAT BITCH. [sic]”

Another posted:

“@Z_Whelan I don’t know who you are but I will find you and I will kill you…. WITH MY BARE HANDS”

A third tweeted:

“@Z_Whelan i don’t know who you are, but i will find you and i will kill you. not kidding [sic]”

But the pretty brunette put a stop to the rumors on Monday when she denied the reports on Twitter before deleting her account after she received a barrage of abuse from jealous fans.

In response to the hateful comments Zoe tweeted: “No, me and Niall are not dating.”

She added, before deleting her account: “Now I’ve settled the rumours you can all go back to your own lives. Please stop tweeting me rude things.”

Niall’s rumored new love attended his brother Greg’s wedding, where she turned heads in a floor-length red dress and fur shawl at the Castletown Geoghegan church. The brunette posted a picture on Twitter on her way to the church.

She also travelled to Manchester to catch One Direction in action last month when she told her Twitter followers how Niall had given her his hat on the night of the gig, enticingly adding: “You can have it back tonight.”