Liam Payne hints at a One Direction reunion, fans wonder if Zayn Malik will be part of it
Singer Liam Payne has confirmed the members of One Direction have been in talks to do something special for their tenth anniversary in July.
Payne confirmed he would be reuniting with his band members Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomilson for the reunion project, but he did not provide any details as to whether member Zayn Malik would be joining them for the reunion or not.
1D originally formed in 2010 with all five members following the group placing third on the British singing show 'The X Factor', after which they signed with Simon Cowell's label 'Syco Records'. They became instantly famous and released a chart-topping album every year until Zayn's exit in 2015.
The band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2016, claiming it was to allow the members to pursue individual projects.
Fans at the time were left devastated and an outpouring of grief followed.
But it seems there's hope on the horizon. In Payne's interview with The Sin's Bizarre column to mark the release of Swedish DJ-producer Alesso' new single 'Midnight', on which he features, he said of 1D's big milestone, "We've got a ten-year anniversary coming up so we've all been speaking together a lot over the last few weeks which has been really nice." He continued, "To hear a lot of people's voices and seeing old content and different things that we haven't seen for a long time or never seen before, it's very interesting."
He also added, "At the moment I'm not sure what I'm allowed to say...There's a number of different things that we are all working on to try and make happen and people are forwarding emails around." Payne concluded, however, that regardless of the special project, he was mostly happy to speak with his former bandmates, stating "But more than anything it's just been a real good time for us to connect together again," also adding he was enjoying the solo work of all the members, especially Harry's. "It's been great hearing a lot of Harry's stuff at the moment," he said, adding "Adore You, I see it in the charts all the time. I think he's really found his sound at the moment which is a joy to watch."
1D fans naturally couldn't contain themselves. Most were left speechless and emotional, stating "IM MF CRYING" and leaving a stream of comments like "SORRY WHAT". Others couldn't believe the news, tweeting "ARE MY EYES DECEIVING ME?" as well as "YOU ARE TELLING ME #OneDirection2020 ?? THIS BETTER NOT BE A LIE YALL IM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW IM GOING TO CRY."
Many fans naturally wondered whether Zayn would be a part of the reunion. Some were optimistic, stating "I mean they all are connected except with Zayn but I mean... that’s what we think and maybe they are all talking," while others were highly skeptical stating "I know deep down that Zayn won't be in this reunion. DON'T TOUCH ME RIGHT NOW." Some fans were skeptical of the reunion itself, stating it was unlikely to be anything major such as a tour, adding "Aw... it’s gonna be like a virtual m&g or something or like a song... no way it’s a tour. They don’t even like each other anymore."
But mostly, fans were simply happy to have some 1D news again.
In their excitement, the fans also managed to get #OneDirection2020 and #OneDirectionSave2020 trending. Admittedly, having one of the best selling acts of all time reunite in a year that has been less than pleasant would certainly make for a welcome silver lining!