Russell Blackstock

Russell Blackstock is a senior reporter at the Herald on Sunday.

US stunner stung by One Direction fans

Emma Ostilly said she was told not to talk about her relationship with One Direction singer Harry Styles. But she was outspoken about what she thought about some of his fans. Photo / Supplied
Emma Ostilly said she was told not to talk about her relationship with One Direction singer Harry Styles. But she was outspoken about what she thought about some of his fans. Photo / Supplied

A stunningly beautiful American model, who enjoyed cosy nights out with One Direction singer Harry Styles in New Zealand, exited the country with a stinging message for irate girl fans who hounded her: "That sucked."

New Yorker Emma Ostilly, 18, quit Twitter after receiving hate notes from jealous Kiwi teens and was annoyed at photographs in the British media of her kissing the pin-up singer in Auckland on her St Mary's Bay doorstep last weekend. Anti-Emma Ostilly pages also appeared on Facebook.

Styles was snapped by a paparazzo while trying to bring the leggy model and another blonde friend to his city hotel room at 3am. He was prevented from doing so by his minders.

Ostilly was packing to return to the United States on Thursday when the Herald on Sunday caught up with her. She was here for a number of big-bucks fashion shoots.

She said she'd had a great time in New Zealand, but abuse from One Direction fans had soured things.

"What happened sucked. It really just sucked," Ostilly said. "That aside, I loved being here and hope to come back some day. But right now I'm just looking forward to going home to New York and spending some quiet time with friends and family."

Before changing her Facebook page, Ostilly posted last Sunday that in the wake of the nights out with Styles she suddenly had 75 new friend requests and "4 inboxes calling me a bitch".

In a bid to take some heat off Ostilly, Styles, also 18, took to Twitter last week to deny they were an item. But not before he gave a snap of the 1.75m model in a bikini the thumbs-up on her Facebook page. The pair first met on the set of a video for the One Direction hit Gotta Be You.

A few days ago, Ostilly insisted on her new Facebook page that the pair had not been dating, even though One Direction's Zayn Malik had also messaged her asking: "Hows Harry?".

But when quizzed about her relationship with Styles, her lips remained sealed.

"Look, I've been told not to talk about that," she said. "I'm not allowed to say anything."

Although she considers herself "a baby" in the catwalk business, Ostilly, whose parents were also models, has already worked with major brands such as Abercrombie, American Eagle and Victoria's Secret.

She is signed to top international agency Wilhelmina Models, which represents celebrities including Fergie and Beyonce. She can command up to $15,000 per fashion shoot.

Friends and colleagues Ostilly worked with in New Zealand were shocked at the treatment dished out to her by some One Direction fans.

"Emma is a really down-to- earth person," said fashion lensman Damien Nikora. "The abuse directed at her was pretty disappointing."

Photographer Guy Coombes, who oversaw magazine sessions for Ostilly in Auckland, said: "Emma is a fantastic model."

Marama Nicholas, boss of Ostilly's New Zealand agency Clyne Model Management, added: "Emma is a very nice young woman as well as being a talented model. We hope to have her back some day."

- Herald on Sunday

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