Niall Horan Having a Baby? Nope, Prank Gives ‘Congrats’ Over Child

January 2, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Fans of One Direction started a prank giving “congrats” to Niall Horan for having a baby, using the hashtag #congratsonthebabyniall on Twitter.

But it’s just a big joke.

The trend hit the top of Twitter on Friday and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

However, while most figured it was a joke, some people were confused.

“All my directionors out there take a chill pill with the random trends seriously #congratsonthebabyniall really, we are a wierd fandom,” wrote one person.

A few days ago, Horan was subjected to a hack that said he would be leaving the band.

Per E! Online:

Social media was blowing up over the weekend with a rumor that singer Niall Horan left the popular group, which first sparked when sites like Yahoo Celebrity UK and Sugarscape posted tweets claiming that Horan had opted to ditch his pals Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne.

The Yahoo UK tweet, which was posted yesterday, read, “Niall has left One Direction!!”
As you can imagine, Directioners went nuts over the “news,” and the hashtag #ReasonsNiallLeftOneDirection instantly began trending (however, wanting to pursue a career as an underwear model was not a suggestion, surprisingly). But Yahoo UK took to Twitter this morning to reveal their account was hacked and set the record straight on Niall’s position with the band.

However, the band later clarified that it wasn’t real.