We all know that One Direction are all about “The Brotherhood” (in a non-Masonic way), and in their interview with the Mail on Sunday today, the boys have confessed that they feel most protective towards Niall Horan, as he’s like their little baby. AHHHH.

Niall Horan

“There’s no doubt that Niall is the cute one,” said Louis Tomlinson.

“I feel really protective towards Niall,” said his proud father, Liam Payne.

“Yeah, in the nicest possible way I would much rather see any of us punched than Niall,” said The Sasquatch.

“If you saw someone go to punch Niall you would just go psycho…” added Harry Styles in a sentence we imagine took him 90 seconds to say.

“I’d kill him,” added Liam. WHOA THERE PAYNIS, just a bit of friendly banter, yeah son.

“I don’t know what it is,” finished Zayn. “But even though he isn’t the youngest, he’s the one we feel almost maternal towards.”

Maybe it’s because he’s got that cute squidgy bottom that you just want to bite? No? Something less nauseating? Well then, we don’t know what.

Who in 1D would you least like to see get punched? Now there’s a conversation starter...