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20 Sketchy Facts About One Direction That Are Coming To Light

It seemed that these five men were plucked from obscurity and launched into superstardom. It all began when five young men decided to audition as solo vocalists during the seventh season of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor. While Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson failed to make it to the live shows on their own, they broke through when judges put them together as One Direction.

In 2011, the group made their debut with the single “What Makes You Beautiful.” More hits followed and their fanbase grew immensely. Things were looking great for the band. However, in 2015, Malik announced that he was leaving the group immediately. And later on, One Direction decided it was taking a hiatus.

Today, One Direction's future remains unclear. At the same time, certain sketch things about the group are also emerging. Check out what we found:

20 Louis Tomlinson And Liam Payne Didn’t Get Along

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According to Cosmopolitan, Payne once told Hits Radio, “When we were in the band it kind of felt like, because he was the oldest and because I'd been singing for quite a bit of time we both got put in a weird position. He was wanting to be the leader and I was doing my thing and wanted to. So at first we didn't get on at all. We absolutely hated each other, it was so funny. Really bad. We hid it well.”

19 Liam Payne Admits To Becoming Self-Destructive Because Of The Band

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According to BuzzFeed, Payne admitted to reaching “self-destruct mode” while being part of One Direction during his appearance on the Table Manners with Jessie Ware Google podcast. He elaborated, “I used to get off stage, high off the endorphins or whatever and get horrendously drunk, get up at, like, five o’clock in the afternoon, and then do it all again.”

18 Liam Payne Says Being In The Band ‘Nearly Killed Him’

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According to Cosmopolitan, Payne made the admission while speaking to KISS FM for the "Where’s Your Head At?” mental health awareness campaign. During the interview, the singer admitted, “When the band started our break, I struggled with the idea of becoming famous again, it scared the living daylights out of me. Because the last time it nearly killed me, frankly.”

17 Zayn Malik Hooked Up With A Waitress And Tried To Film Her

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At one point, Malik had allegedly hooked up with a waitress named Courtney Webb. Webb later claimed that the singer got her to perform an act on him that he attempted to film using his mobile phone. Moreover, Webb told The Sun, “As soon as we finished ... he wanted me out of the house and out of the way. His behaviour was disgusting.”

16 Louis Tomlinson Got In An Airport Brawl And Was Arrested

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In 2017, Tomlinson was arrested after becoming involved in an airport brawl and inflicting harm on a female fan. According to multiple reports, Tomlinson got into a physical altercation with a photographer first. Afterward, he saw his on-off girlfriend, Eleanor, fighting with a female fan and proceeded to get into a scuffle with the girl himself. The female victim was left with a cut on her eye. The injured fan later told The Sun, “Yeah I’m going to press charges.”

15 The Band’s Work Became Toxic

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During an interview with Men’s Health Australia, Payne explained, “It’s almost like putting the Disney costume on before you step up on stage, and underneath the Disney costume, I was pissed quite a lot of the time because there was no other way to get your head around what was going on. I mean, it was fun. We had an absolute blast, but there were certain parts of it where it just got a little bit toxic.”

14 Liam Payne Criticized Styles’ Song Publicly

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Once the band members decided to pursue their solo careers, it’s safe to say that Styles ended up becoming the most successful. However, that doesn’t mean that his friends actually enjoyed his songs. In particular, Payne wasn’t a fan of Styles’ single “Sign of the Times.” In a video posted by Music Choice, Payne said that the song is not “[his] sort of music.”

13 When Malik Left, He Didn’t Say Goodbye

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Malik’s sudden departure from One Direction came as a shock for everyone, especially the band itself. It happened in 2015, while the group was in the middle of a world tour. Following his decision, the band’s rep released a statement saying that Malik had “been signed off with stress and is flying back to the U.K. to recuperate.” Meanwhile, Payne also revealed to British GQ, “I think with Zayn's particular exit and the way he chose to go, we haven't really heard from him since he left. He didn't even say goodbye, if I am being honest.”

12 Zayn Malik And Harry Styles Never Talked While In The Band Together

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As it turns out, Malik and Styles never really communicated during their days with One Direction. While doing an interview with Us Weekly, the singer revealed, “To be honest, I never really spoke to Harry even when I was in the band. So I didn’t really expect that much of a relationship with him.”

11 Zayn Malik Never Wanted To Be In One Direction

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According to Cosmopolitan, Malik made this revelation while talking to Beats 1 saying, “I think I always wanted to go, from like the first year, really. I never really wanted to be there, like in the band. I just gave it a go because it was there at the time, and when I realized the direction we were going in - mind the pun - with the music, I instantly realized it wasn't for me, because I realized I couldn't put any input in.”

10 Zayn Malik Says He Has No Friends From The Band

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Upon Malik’s departure from One Direction, he released a statement staying, “I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry, and Niall.” However, he later disputed this during an interview with Vogue saying that he left the band “without having made a single friend.” The singer also remarked, “I don’t like to confer with too many people.”

9 Zayn Malik Called One Direction Music Generic

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During his first interview since leaving One Direction, Malik told The Fader, “If I would sing a hook or a verse slightly R&B, or slightly myself, it would always be recorded 50 times until there was a straight version that was pop, generic as ----, so they could use that version. I wasn't 100 percent behind the music. ... It wasn't me.”

8 Malik Dumped Perrie Edwards Via Text

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There was a time when Malik was dating singer Perrie Edwards. Things got incredibly serious between the two that at one point, they became engaged. However, it appears that Malik suddenly decided to break up with Edwards abruptly. According to People, Edwards claimed in her book that Malik broke up with her using a “simple text message.”

7 Malik's Eyes May Have Wandered Several Times

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It seems that Malik started seeing another woman on the side while he was still involved with ex-fiancée Edwards. Back in 2015, a Swedish woman named Martina Olsson stepped forward and claimed that she had hooked up with the singer while in Thailand. Speaking to The Sun, Olsson recalled, “Straight away when we were in the bathroom he started kissing me. He picked me up and said, ‘I want you now,’ and carried me to the bed.” After their rendezvous, Olsson also claimed that Malik started getting flirty with another woman.

6 Most Of Malik’s Music Flopped In The Charts

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Following his days with One Direction, Malik decided to pursue a solo music career. However, it didn’t prove to be as easy as it sounded. Sure, his song “Pillow Talk” was quite a hit, however, his second album “Icarus Falls” flopped. A music insider told The Sun, “There was genuine excitement when Zayn released his last solo album because he was the first 1D member to do so. But interest has waned in the past two and a half years and that’s reflected in sales.”

5 The Larry Stylinson Conspiracy Eventually Affected Tomlinson’s Friendship with Styles

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It’s unclear how the rumors started, but some fans began to ship Tomlinson and Styles at one point. A conspiracy also emerged that Cowell was helping cover up their relationship. Ultimately, this affected the friendship between the two men. Speaking to The Sun, Tomlinson admitted, “It took away the vibe you get off anyone. It made everything, I think on both fences, a little bit more unapproachable. I think it shows that it was never anything real, if I can use that word.”

4 Payne Refused To Sign With Cowell After The Band’s Hiatus

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When the time came for Payne to pursue a solo career, he decided to forego signing with Cowell’s label. Instead, he opted to work with Cowell’s rival. Of the decision, Payne later told The Sun, “I really wanted to get away from everything that I did. If you want to be fresh, you’ve got to start fresh. It was never any offence to Simon and I’m so grateful for the career that he’s gifted me really from the show.”

3 Malik Didn’t Bother To Show Up When Tomlinson’s Mom Passed

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Following the passing of his mother, Tomlinson soon appeared on The X Factor and delivered an emotional performance. Of that time, he said on The Dan Wootton Interview podcast, “Truthfully it never really got better. I had a couple of calls with him after I lost my mum and all the boys had agreed to come to that performance and he didn't show, so that really bugged me.”

2 The Group Supposedly Feuded With Justin Bieber

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During their band days, it turns out that One Direction once feuded with fellow pop star Justin Bieber. It all started when Bieber and the band both dropped their albums on the same day. Afterward, Bieber seemingly shaded the group on Snapchat, but the boys reportedly took it as an “inside joke.” Later on, Payne revealed that he also spoke with Bieber. He told Mirror, “I went in to say to him: 'It's all good. You don't need to do whatever.' And then we had a really long chat, and he's a really nice kid.”

1 Niall Horan Is A Possible Nobody In Canada

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It seems that Horan is not much of a big deal when it comes to Canadian music fans. During an appearance on the Kyle and Jackie O Show, a caller named Eve phoned in who said she was in class, according to the Daily Mail. And when host Kyle said that her fellow students would “totally lose their minds” when she tells them that she’s on the line with Horan, Eve simply replied, “But I live in Canada, no one really cares...”

Sources: Men’s Health Australia, Cosmopolitan, The Sun, People

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