Kian Egan has just gone and stuck the knife into One Direction – BIG time

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Irish Kian, 33, was one fifth of Westlife for 14 years so knows a thing or two about boybands – but that hasn’t stopped him coming across slightly bitter with his latest comments.

Perhaps trying to give them innocent advice, Kian aired his fears that the five lads – Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – don’t know how lucky they are.

‘One Direction would be fools to throw it away, absolute fools – and I get the feeling they will,’ he admitted to The Sun.

And then comparing them to Westlife, he added: ‘I watch them and they don’t seem to have this bond as tight as we had in Westlife – especially as they’ve only been together three or four years.’

Rift rumours between the 1D lads, who formed on The X Factor in 2010, really stepped up a gear in February when they admitted they hadn’t seen each other for three months while taking a break from their tour.

But Kian says hopefully the time out will give them a fresh boost.

‘It’s human nature to take time off. They probably needed to do that,’ he added.

And warning them against allowing one member to get a little too cocky, he added: ‘As we always said in Westlife, there’s not one person in a band that’s bigger than the band.

‘Respect each other and understand that it’s a unit, it’s not a bunch of individuals wanting to do what they want to do.’

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