It’s been almost five years since One Direction announced their hiatus, but are the members of the band still friends?!
As fans know, the group — which was made up of Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik — was put together by Simon Cowell after all the guys auditioned on The X Factor as solo artists back in 2010. They went on to release five epic albums together, embark on numerous world tours, sell out massive stadiums, release their own perfume, drop a few concert movies, break a lot of records and so much more! But in 2015, they announced that they were taking an indefinite break, and fans were left heartbroken.
So where do their relationships stand now? Well, we decided to investigate, and it turns out, the guys are as close as ever! They have actually hung out so many times since the group went their separate ways, and every time they do, it seriously makes us emotional.
Is Zayn Malik Still Friends With His Former Bandmates?
For those who forgot, Malik shocked the world when he announced that he was leaving the band in March 2015. And afterwards, he threw some major shade towards the rest of the guys in interviews, and get this — he even claimed that he never wanted to be a part of the group in the first place. Ouch! And when he was asked about his relationship with the rest of the guys in November 2017, Malik admitted that he was no longer on speaking terms with them.
“Our relationships have definitely changed since we were in a band together, but I think that’s just life. Everybody grows up. Two of the guys have got kids now. But no, I don’t talk to any of them, really,” he revealed to Billboard.
He also explained in a November 2018 interview, “We went from theaters, to arenas, to stadiums — there was never any sort of bridge between. Just boom, boom, boom. I guess that kind of progression to any mind — but especially when you’re 17, 18 — it kind of affects you a little bit. People take it different ways — especially when there are five different personalities. The relationships had broken apart. I ain’t spoke to any of them for a long time, to be honest with you. That’s just the way it is. There’s things that happen and things that were said after I left… Snide things. Small things that I would never have expected.”
In February 2020, The Sun asked Tomlinson if he thought Malik’s comments about his time in the band were “disrespectful,” and he told them, “Yeah, I do. But I can understand it. We have a lot of situations where we’re sat in interviews and if you’re in a certain mood you might run your mouth. The older you get the more you can tell if these things actually carry any malice or if they’re just a prod in the back. That’s life, innit? Sometimes people chat s**t and that’s the reality.”
As for whether or not he had spoken to the artist, he added, “No, but I’ve not actively tried. We’ve all got a lot on our plates and there might be a day where I wake up and think, ‘OK, I want to right that wrong,’ but not yet.”
When Malik announced that he had welcomed a baby with his girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, in October 2020, Horan got in contact with the “Pillowtalk” crooner to congratulate him!
“It is mad to think. I remember when we were all babies, and now there’s three dads,” he joked during an interview with Capital FM. “I sent a message recently to congratulate him. It’s an amazing thing.”
Payne also reacted to the news during an Instagram Live!
“Oh yeah congratulations Zayn and Gigi as well. Actually yes, very lovely news this morning. Bless them, starting a family,” the 27-year-old said.
Tomlinson didn’t say anything about it online, but he did like a photo Malik had posted of his daughter, seemingly showing his support.
Is Liam Payne Still Friends With His Former Bandmates?
Yep! Payne has hung out all of the guys a few times over the years, and most recently, he and Horan caught up via FaceTime. And when they posted screenshots of it to their Instagram Stories, everyone was pretty excited.
GOOD MORNING TO LIAM PAYNE AND NIALL HORAN ON FACETIME ONLY pic.twitter.com/KTDPR4NNLK— meg ◟̽◞̽ (@liamhearted) April 11, 2020
In honor of the band’s 10-year anniversary in July, Payne revealed that he was trying to arrange a group FaceTime with everyone. He explained during an Instagram Live, “Most of us are in London. We’ve been trying to arrange the first group FaceTime at the moment.”
Plus, back in December 2019, after he and Styles both performed at Jingle Bell Ball in London, he opened up about reuniting with the “Sign of the Times” crooner.