'Getting trolled by 1D fans tonight': Maria Fowler cosies up to superstar Niall Horan as they party in London... but faces the wrath of his devotees online

She's a former reality star, while he's a member of the world's biggest boy band.

So it's no surprise that ex-TOWIE beauty Maria Fowler was keen to boast about bumping into Niall Horan as they both descended on London for a night out on Saturday.

However, the model soon realised that there is a price to pay for sharing cosy snaps with the Irish heartthrob: the wrath of One Direction fans.

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Reality hits: Maria Fowler looked ecstatic as she cosied up to One Direction superstar Niall Horan during a night out in London on Saturday

Reality hits: Maria Fowler looked ecstatic as she cosied up to One Direction superstar Niall Horan during a night out in London on Saturday

Maria took to Instagram and Twitter to upload a picture of her happily posing alongside the 21-year-old as they let off steam in the capital's Libertine Club.

The 28-year-old blonde added the caption: 'Oh my it's Niall. And a DCFC fan,' referring to her hometown team Derby County Football Club.

Another picture showed the new pals alongside two fellow revellers.

But while she may have been left beaming by the meeting, Niall's devoted followers were less impressed.

Party time: The unlikely pals looked like they were having a great night as they posed for a selfie alongside two other revellers at the Libertine Club in London

Party time: The unlikely pals looked like they were having a great night as they posed for a selfie alongside two other revellers at the Libertine Club in London

Backlash: However, after sharing her snaps of Niall on social media, Maria claimed to have been bombarded with nasty messages from his fans

Backlash: However, after sharing her snaps of Niall on social media, Maria claimed to have been bombarded with nasty messages from his fans

Top of the crops: Maria showed off her slim figure in a black crop top and tasseled mini-skirt as she made her way into the hotspot

Top of the crops: Maria showed off her slim figure in a black crop top and tasseled mini-skirt as she made her way into the hotspot

Blondes have more fun: The former TOWIE star looked ravishing with her newly short hair, which was lighter than ever

Blondes have more fun: The former TOWIE star looked ravishing with her newly short hair, which was lighter than ever

After allegedly being bombarded by nasty posts from Directioners, Maria returned to Twitter to write: 'Getting trolled by 1D fans tonight. wow crazy.'

Maria, who starred in three series of The Only Way Is Essex, didn't appear to be fazed by the negative attention as she left the club in the early hours.

With her new short hair blonder than ever, she showed off her slim figure in a crop top and a tasseled black skirt.

Oh (baker) boy: The 21-year-old went casual for his fun night out, rounding off his ensemble with a natty baker boy cap

Oh (baker) boy: The 21-year-old went casual for his fun night out, rounding off his ensemble with a natty baker boy cap

 

Downtime: The Irish heaththrob certainly needed to let his hair down after a stressful few months for his band following the departure of Zayn Malik

Downtime: The Irish heaththrob certainly needed to let his hair down after a stressful few months for his band following the departure of Zayn Malik

Romance in the air: While Niall may have enjoyed a chat with Maria, but he arrived with rumoured girlfriend Melissa Whitelaw

Romance in the air: While Niall may have enjoyed a chat with Maria, but he arrived with rumoured girlfriend Melissa Whitelaw

New love: The star is said have been dating the student since February but is yet to confirm it

New love: The star is said have been dating the student since February but is yet to confirm it

Meanwhile, Niall kept it casual for his night out, opting for a smart baseball jacket, striped T-shirt, jeans and a natty baker boy hat.

He may have enjoyed some banter with Maria, but it appeared he only had eyes for one girl - rumoured girlfriend, student Melissa Whitelaw, who joined him at the club.

The pair have been reportedly dating since February. 

The blond pop star will have needed a night out after a stressful few months for his band.

The boys have been trying to deal with the departure of Zayn Malik, who decided to quit the group after five years so he could concentrate on a solo career.

This week, Louis Tomlinson has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons after he was caught on camera rolling a suspicious looking cigarette during a wild night at the Soho Hotel, where he partied with five girls.

Girls just wanna have fun: Maria looked in high spirits after leaving the club despite facing a Twitter backlash

Girls just wanna have fun: Maria looked in high spirits after leaving the club despite facing a Twitter backlash

Steady on: Niall looked like he had enjoyed his night and needed to be helped to his car by a minder while Melanie followed behind

Steady on: Niall looked like he had enjoyed his night and needed to be helped to his car by a minder while Melanie followed behind

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