Harry Styles & One Direction Cause Fan Frenzy in NYC -- I Was There! (PHOTOS)

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I may be a married 36-year-old mother of one -- but after what went down this past weekend, I'm also a total One Direction groupie who is considering purchasing a cardboard cutout of Harry Styles to liven up things in my master bedroom a bit. (The decor, people. Sheesh.)

You see, Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis, and Zayn were in New York City to promote their new movie, One Direction: This Is Us, and also for the MTV VMAs in Brooklyn last night. And on Saturday, my 7-year-old son and I had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend a meet and greet event with the band -- and I'm honestly not sure which one of us was geeking out more during the question and answer session. (Duh. Of course I was the bigger nerd. Little dude was actually pretty chill.)

Did you hear what I just said? My kid and I met One Direction. And it was amazeballs.

And now I totally understand why thousands of screaming young girls camp out in front of their hotel for hours (and sometimes days) on end to catch a brief glimpse of them.

Oh yes -- there were plenty of fans lingering around the hotel where the meet and greet took place -- to the point where we had to check in with a security person before we were even permitted to enter the building. (Those chicks HATED me when they let me and my son in, by the way.)

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And somehow a few of them did manage to sneak through the door while trying to be subtle -- but they couldn't have made the fact that they were on a One Direction stakeout any more obvious. I found a bunch of them camped out in the ladies room giggling like school girls and fixing their hair. One girl walked straight up to the media table and asked how much money she had to fork over to purchase one of the press passes we were wearing. (And had to be told about five times that they weren't for sale.)

And then another young lady looked at me and begged me to take her into the interview room with us and said she'd be my best friend if I did. (Guess I missed out on gaining a new BFF.)

I'll be talking in more detail about my encounter with the boys later this week -- and you'll have to excuse me if I'm unable to stop gushing about how wonderful, funny, engaging, down-to-earth, and just plain kind, nice dudes they are. They totally blew this mom away and made the experience something my son will remember for the rest of his life -- and I can't thank them enough for it.

More on all that later. In the meantime, here are a few photos I snapped from the front row -- which was like four feet in front of them. OMG. 1D forever, baby.


Images via Mary Fischer

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Kimbyann Kimbyann

I have no idea who these people are :-/

nonmember avatar Kenzi

How did you get to go to a meet and greet with them? Honestly I'm a 24 year old married woman and am obsessed with them, especially Harry Styles. I joked to my husband about getting a cardboard cut out as well!So envious of you, what an incredible experience!

Laura Lolo

I an 30 and I just adore the band. I found out about them when I heard Story of My Life on the radio, and couldn't get the song out of my head. I got on you tube and found out this band had been around since 2010 and that's when I realized, I had been living under a rock.
I went to look up other songs by the group and discovered I loved their music. Sadly there is a stigma attached to liking boy bands because of their rabid fan base of tween girls, which is a shame because if you eliminate the fan base you actually are left with a credible band.
They have worked hard and the proof in in the record sells and sold out arena shows. I dont care how hot a band looks, if the music isnt worth listening to then no one will buy in to it period. Its the music that keeps the band going. I am not some teen fan girl, there are plenty of adult men and woman who love the band, and for some they are guilty pleasures. Other artist their peers I should say, happen to like their music.
And some of these writers like Ed Shereen Have made a name for his self included. So lets stop flipping off these guys and give them their props because they have earned it. They cold have disappeared off of the face of the planet, but they have not after four years, they are still going strong, and that should be acknowlege whatever your taste in music is.

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