She admitted her feelings for the One Direction singer, as reported by Yahoo.com, when she said “He knows I have a little crush on him, and we enjoy having dinner when we get the chance. We speak and message all the time... [But] I don't want a relationship over Skype; we are both in a place where we feel zero pressure to rush.”
However, talking with Teen Vogue and alluding to her recent stint in rehab, and her continued progress Lovato said of Niall: "He's a really awesome, sweet guy but [Niall]'s not my boyfriend...I'm in a place right now where I really need to focus on myself." She furthered her comment saying “Obviously, I'm still going to like people—or love them—but I need to not be in a relationship for a while because I need to be OK with being alone, first.” In 2010 the new X-Factor judge had to cancel her involvement with the Jonas Brothers tour and checked into rehab to tackle her depression and eating disorder.
Speaking earlier this year she said “I did kind of a friend cleanse right after rehab, where I weeded out people who didn't have my best interests at heart....Now I have friends who love me for who I am and don't care about what I'm doing. Most of them aren't in the industry. Some of them don't even know my songs!" Although we're sure Niall knows all her songs, there's no doubt that he's one of her lucky friends left in her circle of trust. She said "We share the philosophy that the right one is worth waiting for."
Niall continued his career in being utterly endearing this week when he sent a birthday video to one of his fans in the US.