- One Direction formed in 2010 and they’ve been on indefinite hiatus for the last six years.
- Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, and Zayn Malik have gotten matching tattoos.
- Payne has a tattoo of lyrics from the band’s unreleased track “Man on a Mision.”
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The five of them were eliminated early on in the competition, but judges Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger invited them back for the opportunity to compete together as a group, thus forming One Direction.
The group went on to place third in the competition overall, but they still secured a record deal with Cowell’s label, Syco.
Cowell later told the band during the 1D Day web event in 2013 that it took him 10 minutes to come up with the idea to combine the five of them into a group.
Of course, this did not have quite the same ring that One Direction did, and it was immediately shut down.
Styles is widely credited with coming up with the band’s name, which he’s said doesn’t really have a special meaning.
According to a statement that the band’s label, Syco, gave Reuters, the band sold more than 176,000 copies of the album within minutes of its official release.
Malik told the host that he was initially nervous about the experience — and that Tomlinson made it even worse.
” … I was quite nervous about it so before the plane took off I’m sat with Louis on one side and Liam’s on the other — and Louis goes, ‘Right when it takes off it’s gonna do a loop-de-loop in the air,'” Malik recalled to the host. “So I remember, for like 20 minutes of the journey, I was waiting for it to go upside down. Just terrified.”
1D was the opener for part of the North American leg of Big Time Rush’s first national tour, the Better With U tour.
Per J-14 magazine, one of Big Time Rush’s members, Kendall Schmidt, later told Teen.com it “sucked” having 1D as their opening act.
“Let’s put it this way: when One Direction were opening for us, their support was blossoming,” Schmidt said, per J-14. “As cool as it was to hang out with them, it sucked for us because there would be 2,000 girls outside the show singing their songs, even though we were headlining.”
“When we didn’t, like, wanna go somewhere … we’d just have a word — it was like a code word — where we’d all just fall on the floor and lie there until everybody went away, which I think is the best game we ever invented,” Payne said.
He added, “There were a number of code words … like, ‘Help me!'”
They even performed at the launch party in London to celebrate the game’s release.
In a later video with AskAnythingChat, Tomlinson said this bit of ink kicked off his tattoo addiction.
“We decided — well most of us actually except for Niall — as a band to get these little ones on our ankle,” he explained. “And then I suppose I just started getting addicted.”
Additionally, Tomlinson and Malik have corresponding “Bus 1” tattoos, which are believed to reference the band’s tour bus.
Horan remains tattoo-free to this day.
Payne told the publication, “We’ve always described our sound as a bit more guitar driven than normal pop music. Kind of Pink in a boy band form. We’ve heard a few people say that so now we use it. I think Pink is amazing person to be compared to.”
The Grammy-winning artist Pink is known for her edgy, pop-rock music.
The 2012 episode follows a plot where Harry contracts a fictional disease known as “jungle worms.”
Several years later, all of the band members – except for Malik — voiced animated versions of themselves for an episode of Fox’s “Family Guy.”
They have seven Brit awards, six Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, and four MTV Video Music Awards.
They also currently hold the record for most Teen Choice Award wins, earning 28 overall.
According to E! Online, the feud escalated with a series of back-and-forth exchanges that included a range of insults. For example, Malik called George “chlamydia boy” and George tweeted for Malik to “Stay off the bud…It makes you cranky.”
Although many of these tweets have since been deleted, these public disputes fueled a rivalry between The Wanted fans and One Direction fans.
The Wanted went on an indefinite hiatus in 2014.
In 2012, the group paired with Hasbro to release a collection of dolls in their likeness that quickly sold out. They also had a line of Brush Buddies singing toothbrushes that played some of their hit singles.
Corden reportedly met One Direction in the early days of their careers thanks in part to Tomlinson, whose late mother once worked on a UK television program that featured Corden as an actor.
One Direction’s also appeared on “The Late Late Show” — and their Carpool Karaoke is one of the most-watched ones of all time, with over 162 million views on YouTube.
Beyond having a professional music bond, Styles has been longtime pals with the hit-making “Shape of You” singer.
And it’s true that Tomlinson was often chosen to be the driver in music videos that involved motor vehicles.
In the behind-the-scenes footage for the “Kiss You” music video, Tomlinson also shared he’d driven in three videos up to that point, adding, “In the second [video, “Gotta Be You”], I broke a Mini Cooper. In ‘Live While We’re Young,’ I broke the Jeep.”
In addition to driving in “Gotta Be You” and “Live While We’re Young,” the “Walls” singer has technically been behind the wheel in nearly half of One Direction’s 17 music videos.
He drove a futuristic vehicle in “Drag Me Down,” an old-school bus in “What Makes You Beautiful,” an open-top car in “Night Changes,” and a faux prop car in “Kiss You.”
Technically, the “History” music video also features Tomlinson behind the wheel in a flashback clip from the “Live While We’re Young” video.
As a fun bonus, in the “Midnight Memories” video, Tomlinson and the rest of the band drive motorized scooters.
Although the album was not released until November 2013, per the BPI, “Midnight Memories” sold an impressive 4 million copies in less than two months, instantly topping the charts.
The rock-inspired record included chart-topping hits like, “Story of My Life,” “Best Song Ever,” and “You and I.”
According to Forbes, the successful stadium tour brought in an estimated $US290 ($AU394) million in revenue.
The experience was commemorated in a concert film that was shot at San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy.
This was in December 2012, just before the group was set to perform at Madison Square Garden.
Payne said that, as far as he’s aware, Trump “called up at like some ungodly hour asking if we could come and meet his daughter and our tour manager politely said, ‘They’re in bed – like it’s not gonna happen right now.'”
The singer said Trump told their manager to wake up the band and when the manager refused, they had their access to the hotel’s private, underground garage entrance and exit revoked, which caused a safety issue. After that, Payne said, the group left.
While on CBS’s “The Late Late Show” in 2018, Horan said that Trump told One Direction that they would not be able to use the hotel’s garage because they refused to take a photo with his lawyer’s daughter, so they left.
“The first inspiration for ‘Midnight Memories’ was KFC,” Payne said in an interview with French television station Cauet in 2013. “True story … The chorus originally was ‘I love K-F-C.'”
He added, “We wanted to actually release that version.”
Years later, Tomlinson told MTV that writing “Midnight Memories” was a “real magic moment,” adding that the song came together in about 45 minutes.
The band members also donated their own clothes to be part of the fixtures.
They’re the first boy band to be recreated in wax for the museum since the Beatles in 1964
In fact, in the 2013 documentary concert film “This Is Us,” Payne pulls down Styles’ pants in the middle of a “What Makes You Beautiful” solo.
But pantsing is nothing new to the group. During a Q&A session with AskAnythingChat in 2015, Horan said, “I had my trousers pulled down at a service station by Louis Tomlinson.”
This wasn’t the only time Horan was the target of a Tomlinson prank.
During an interview with Yahoo! Music in 2013, Payne said someone once put glue in his hat, though he doesn’t know who.
Tomlinson also shared that he and Malik once played a practical joke on Horan by putting lemons in his new, white shoes.
When asked why they did it, Tomlinson said, “It’s not a trick. It’s just weird.”
In an interview on “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” Tomlinson explained that fans decided to do their own release of the song because they loved it so much and “‘No Control’ was never a single that was chosen by us.”
Tomlinson even tweeted his appreciation for the fan movement.
The group told Winston that all of the unused tracks went into a vault for a possible future release.
In the interview, Payne also shared he has a lyric from the band’s unreleased track “Man on a Mission” inked on his arm. It reads, “Somewhere is a place that nobody knows.”
At the time of publication, the One Direction Twitter account has over 31 million followers, even though it hasn’t tweeted since 2020.
Currently, among the individual members, Horan has the largest Twitter following with over 41 million followers. Styles is close behind with over 36 million followers.