Harry Styles kept knifepoint mugging a secret from One Direction pal Niall Horan

Harry Styles kept knifepoint mugging a secret from One Direction pal Niall Horan

Harry Styles kept his terrifying knifepoint mugging ordeal a secret from his former One Direction co-star Niall Horan .

The singer was forced to throw himself in front of a car in a bid to escape his attacker on Valentine's Day.

But he didn't say a thing about it when he bumped into his friend Niall at the BRIT Awards just a few days later.

Niall, 26, told The Sun : "I didn't have a clue. We were having a chat and if you haven't seen each other in a while, I don't think the first thing you'd mention would be, 'I got mugged'.

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"It just shows anything can happen to anyone. I don't think they even knew it was him. I try to live as normal a life as I can in terms of the places I go but you have to keep an eye out in pubs and walking around the streets late at night.

"Every city's got its spots. Harry was walking home then he saw a group of lads who kept chasing him across the road. It's a scary thing. His heart must have been pounding."

Opening up about his ordeal, Harry told the Howard Stern radio show that a gang of men wearing hoodies approached him and demanded he unlock his phone and hand it over to them.

When he refused, they threatened him with a knife and Harry ran out into the road to try and get help from a driver.

Luckily, he managed to get away unharmed.

Harry, 26, said: "The guys are like, 'Can we talk to you for a minute?' and there's nobody around, my heart's pounding so I'm like, 'Sure'. He's like, 'Do you smoke weed?' And I say no. And he's like, 'Do you want some weed?' I said no.

"And he was like, 'What have you got on you?' And they all kind of gathered around me, and I said I haven't got anything. And he's like, 'Stop f***ing around'.

"I had some cash in my pocket, so I said have some cash and I pull out some cash and he takes it from me. And I had my headphone jack sticking out of my pocket and he's like, 'What's that plugged into?'"

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Harry says he took his phone out of his pocket and the muggers demanded he unlock it.

He continued: "I was like, god's sake, it's my phone. So I pull out my phone and I'm thinking OK, this is really annoying but I'll wipe it and get a new phone and kind of, whatever…. and then the guy's like, 'Unlock your phone'.

"The other one pulls his shirt up and he's got a knife sticking in his pants and I was like, s**t.

"I just said, 'I'm sorry mate, I can't. I can't unlock my phone', and the guy's like, 'You got 10 seconds' and he starts counting them down and I'm like, 'F***, Am I going to unlock my phone? Am I going to give him my phone?'

"So I try to give him my phone and he's like, 'No you need to unlock it'. I was like, I can't, and there's like a little pond behind them and I thought I'd throw it in the pond and be like, neither of us can have it. Then I thought I don't want to piss them off."

Harry threw himself in front of a car in a desperate bid to get away, but the driver wouldn't stop for him.

He continued: "Then two cars were coming and I felt an opportunity to sprint and run…and I just run into the road and try to stop a car and obviously a mad man runs into the road, you won't let them into your car so they don't let me in, and I try to get another car, they don't let me in.

"Then I just turned and ran back towards the little village area where I live. So I just sprinted but usually when I'm out walking I'm wearing running stuff and this was the one time I was wearing like corduroy flairs and shoes I was like, 'I'm going to have to f***ing sprint all the way up this hill'.

"I just sprinted and I guess because they had cash they ended up turning around."

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