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The Truth about the One Direction Breakup and Hiatus

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Pop band and sensation, One Direction broke records within weeks of their making on the X-factor in 2010. The band received an audience like none before and was quick to climb the charts into the world of fame. Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik stole the hearts of girls everywhere. And while they stole hearts, fans around the world helped with making sure they broke records. All this talk of breaking and stealing, we are not sure if we’re talking about a boy band or a couple of bandits. Well, whichever one it is, one thing we never expected to see a break with the band was, the band itself. The One Direction Hiatus came as the most heartbreaking shock of the century.

With the Reunion likely to happen soon, July 23rd is the date to mark. Let us recap the events that happened back in 2015 that led to the breakup!

How the One Direction Hiatus came to be?

There are many words going around here and there since the One Direction Hiatus and honestly, most of them sound bonkers. First, when Zayn Malik abruptly left the group in early, 2015, we were shocked to hear some of the statements made by him:

Would you listen to One Direction, sat at a party with your girl? I wouldn’t. To me, that’s not an insult, that’s me as a 22-year-old man.

– Zayn Malik’s Interview with the Fader.

Following this, we can understand that Zayn Malik leaving the band was definitely a point that made everyone a little queasy about what they were doing. Then, there were rumors about band member fights. Which, as it turns out, is not true.

Harry Styles explains his involvement in the final decision

Louis Tomlinson has expressed how Harry was the first to want the break. Two years after the One Direction Hiatus, Harry Styles accepts responsibility for suggesting it. He reasons it saying;

I didn’t want to exhaust our fan base. If you’re shortsighted, you can think, ‘Let’s just keep touring,’ but we all thought too much of the group than to let that happen. You realize you’re exhausted and you don’t want to drain people’s belief in you.

That seems pretty justified and we believe fans wouldn’t mind the One Direction Hiatus had they done it before the point of utter exhaustion:

I wanted to step up. There were songs I wanted to write and record, and not just have it be ‘Here’s a demo I wrote.’ Every decision I’ve made since I was 16 was made in a democracy. I felt like it was time to make a decision about the future …  and maybe I shouldn’t rely on others.

Harry’s reasoning is perfectly justified. And as for their personal decisions, all One Direction members have gone on to have highly successful careers. And we hope that if there’s a Reunion to break this Hiatus, this time it would come from their hearts.

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