Niall Horan was recently spotted leaving an event with his rumored girlfriend Melissa Anne Whitelaw, and now reports are swirling that they’re getting serious! Even though we hadn’t spotted them together since they were hanging out in Australia, the One Direction singer is reportedly smitten with the student.

“Melissa met the rest of the band on tour, when she first grew close to Niall, but after flying over to spend time with him they now see her as his girlfriend,” a source told The Mirror.

“She attended the Great Gatsby-themed charity ball – arranged by Liam’s girlfriend Sophia [Smith] – with Niall, as his plus-one, though they tried to be discreet. She also went along to [the after party at] Mahiki with him, where they seemed to be really serious about one another by the way he was introducing her to people. She was a real hit with all his friends.”

Since he hasn’t been seriously linked to anybody in a long time, this would be really big news! If he’s introducing her to all of his friends, their relationship must be heating up.

Do you think that Niall is really dating Melissa? Do they make a cute couple? Sound off in the comments!