One Direction

One Direction members, from front to back, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Liam Payne.

2020 has been a very interesting year, but it has also been the year of reunions.  From “Friends” to the Jonas Brothers and more, many people are feeling nostalgic at the moment.  

A boy band who swept the nation known as One Direction may have a reunion in the works. 

It’s been 10 years since the band was formed by Simon Cowell on the singing competition show “The X Factor.” They finished third in the competition and went on to make hit singles like “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Story of My Life.”

One Direction was made up of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne. Malik departed from the group in 2015.

According to, Payne has been spilling the beans about a potential reunion.  

Tomlinson told Payne he would “egg his house” if he continued to ruin the “surprise” for everyone.

“I can’t tell any plans at the moment because Louis will actually kill me,” Payne said in the interview. “The lines of communication are back open again. This pause with coronavirus going on and the fact we’ve got this massive anniversary coming up all play together.”

He went on to say that it was nice to be speaking to everybody again.

Horan, with Payne, proved a reunion was in the works when they hosted an Instagram Live chat earlier in the week.

According to CNN, all the members are in London trying to arrange a FaceTime meet-up.  

While the world is put on pause, this would be a perfect time for them to release new material without anyone knowing about it.  

One of the questions on everyone’s mind is if Malik will return for the reunion.

  According to CNN, the other four members followed Malik on social media again for the first time in years, but that’s all we know.  

Since 2015, all the boys have went on to release solo material.  Payne released his first album and Styles released “Fine Line” in 2019.  Horan, Tomlinson and Malik have released successful songs as well.   

One Direction’s first album, “Up All Night” was released in 2011 and contained the hit single “What Makes You Beautiful.” The song became the best-selling single in Sony Music history.

Along with that record, the band would go on to break numerous records, win multiple awards and released chart-topping hits.

The band went on hiatus in January 2016, allowing the members to pursure other projects.

Many Directioners around the world are very excited for this reunion. But some have mixed emotions about it.  

“I feel like I’ve heard about that happening somewhere,” said Emily Encarnacion (freshman, nursing). “I was more of a Justin Bieber fan back in the day. I have my One Direction moments when I just have the urge to blast old songs.”

Others are looking forward to the band’s reunion due to the music alone.

“Only if they play their old songs,” said Alexis Smith (junior, biology).

In an interview with Insider, Tomlinson said a reunion was “inevitable.”

“I don’t know when, we don’t know when. I think we’d be stupid not to get back together.”

One Direction’s 10-year anniversary is July 23.

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