Take note, kids - being a celebrity with hoards of screaming fans and busloads of cash isn't the be all and end all, y'know.

The 21-year-old singer quit his education aged 16 when he shot to fame on The X Factor with One Direction, but the star admits he would've like to have had more of a childhood by remaining in education and finishing his exams.

Writing in the boy band's latest autobiography, 'Who We Are', he said: "My childhood was cut short by The X Factor because One Direction took off and I never really got the chance to finish school or do my exams or anything like that. After the first audition, I packed up everything in my life in a bag. I didn't realise at the time that, when I was stuffing clothes into the little suitcase, that was pretty much me leaving home for good."

While Niall admits he enjoyed his school days, he wasn't always a model pupil as he previously revealed he was suspended from strict Catholic boys school Coláiste ­Mhuire in Mullingar.

He said: "I maybe stole something when I was at school, like stuff off a friend. I was not a bad boy but I got suspended for two days for general messing about. I talked too much which probably got me in trouble."