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Zayn Malik Opens Up About No Longer Staying in Touch With One Direction

Zayn Malik Opens Up About No Longer Staying in Touch With One Direction

Zayn Malik is on the cover of this week’s issue of Billboard, out on newsstands now.

Here’s what the 24-year-old Mind of Mine singer had to say:

On spending time in a farm in rural Pennsylvania working on his second album: “The farm is out of the way and feels grounded. I do a lot of farm work. I take the horses out and feed the cows and that kind of stuff. It’s cool. I’ve always been interested in animals.”

On no longer staying in touch with the other One Direction members: “Our relationships have definitely changed since we were in a band together, but I think that’s just life. Everybody grows up; two of the guys have got kids now. But no, I don’t talk to any of them, really.”

On working with Taylor Swift on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”: “I felt like she was the right artist for the song. And of course she’s also a massive artist, so that brings its benefits. I get to let her fans know that I’m doing this kind of music, and she lets her fans know she likes my kind of music — there’s no opposition, for real.”

For more from Zayn, head to Billboard.com.

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Liam Payne Admits a One Direction Reunion Will Be Hard

Liam Payne Admits a One Direction Reunion Will Be Hard

Liam Payne isn’t completely ruling out a One Direction reunion but he admits it’s going to be difficult.

The 24-year-old singer just opened up about why it would be hard to get the group back together based on the solo careers they all have now.

“I don’t know how we would do it, we are doing different things. Our name has never been more ironic at this current moment,” Liam said to the Daily Star.

He added, “It’s like the Avengers have gone wrong. It could work if we all agree on music.”

Even though the guys all have their own style we really hope they can get back together one day!

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Niall Horan Already Has His Bags Packed For One Direction's Reunion

Niall Horan Already Has His Bags Packed For One Direction's Reunion

Niall Horan is looking back on his time with One Direction in a brand new feature with The Times.

The “Flicker” singer, who is currently on his Flicker Sessions tour, opened up about always being ready for that reunion with the group and how different it does feel to be up on stage solo.

“If it comes tomorrow, I have my bag packed,” Niall says. “If I have to wait till I’m 60, so be it. I’m serious. We’ll be like the Eagles and never stop.”

He adds that being on tour with the group versus just him is different, especially when he’s playing songs that none of his fans know just yet.

“With 1D, the screaming didn’t stop. We’d all run around and there was always some explosion going off or prop coming on. Now, I just stand there thanking God for my guitar. When I put that down, I haven’t a clue what to do with my hands.”

Niall continues, “I wanted to watch people’s reaction [to the unknown songs]. They don’t know the lyrics, so they can’t sing along. I’m forcing them to ­listen.”

“That means playing to a relatively quiet crowd, which is spooky. I miss the comfort blanket of being in a band.”

Liam Payne Opens Up About the Height of 1D Fame: 'I Really Hated My Life'

Liam Payne Opens Up About the Height of 1D Fame: 'I Really Hated My Life'

Fame may seem glamorous to many of us on the sidelines, but those who grapple with it on a day-to-day basis often struggle with the constant attention.

Liam Payne gets candid in a new interview about what it was like working in the insanity of One Direction and why it took its toll on him.

Once, when a cameraman accidentally pushed his mother over at a family dinner, Liam broke down in tears.

“I just wanted a burger with my parents,” he told The Daily Star. “I cried my eyes out. I thought, ‘I can’t do this’ and I really hated my life.”

“People were speaking to me about mental health in music the other day,” Liam continued, “and that’s a big issue. Sometimes you just need some sun, or a walk.”

This isn’t the first time Liam has spoken out about his mental health in the band. He also revealed in a recent interview that he struggled with drinking during that time.

Boy Band's In Real Life Talk One Direction: 'They Were the Biggest'

Boy Band's In Real Life Talk One Direction: 'They Were the Biggest'

In Real Life is opening up about how much One Direction inspires them!

The five winners of ABC’s Boy BandSergio Calderon, Michael Conor, Chance Perez, Andrew Ramos, and Brady Tutton – got candid in a new interview with People.

“I think for this generation, obviously the band that we all look up to is One Direction,” Michael said. “They were the biggest. They were known globally and they sold so many records and I think that their impact on this generation is something that we admire and we want to emulate with our music.”

“Not to mention the fact that they also came from reality TV,” Chance chimed in. “So we have a lot in common.”

“I feel like we are trying to be ourselves,” Brady clarified. “We’re not really trying to be like One Direction per se. But they are a very successful boy band. They make great music and they’re all really just nice guys in general. So I think that just them as people would be something to model after.”

In Real Life’s first single “Eyes Closed” is out now. See how they recently took over New York City’s Times Square with their music video!

Zayn Malik Talks His Relationship With Harry Styles: 'I Never Really Spoke to [Him]'

Zayn Malik Talks His Relationship With Harry Styles: 'I Never Really Spoke to [Him]'

Zayn Malik answered a number of questions about his relationship to various members of One Direction, and his words were illuminating for many fans.

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“It’s not the way it used to be, obviously, because we were spending 24 hours a day in the band and now we’re growing as individual men,” the “Dusk ‘Til Dawn” singer explained to Us Weekly of the former band’s relationship with one another, “but we still check in.”


When asked directly about Harry Styles, Zayn got real.

“To be honest, I never really spoke to Harry even when I was in the band,” he revealed. “So I didn’t really expect that much of a relationship with him.”

That said, he is open to the idea of the band getting back together in the future. We are absolutely holding him to that.

Niall Horan Doesn't Think He'll Ever Reach One Direction's Height of Fame

Niall Horan Doesn't Think He'll Ever Reach One Direction's Height of Fame

Although Niall Horan‘s current Flicker Sessions World Tour is sold out, the “Slow Hands” singer admits that he will probably never reach the same fame that One Direction had.

“I know that anything I do, and all of us are like that, anything I do is not going to be as big as One Direction – ever,” he told the Irish Sun. “No matter what, or how hard I try.”

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“But I’m just a music lover, and I just try and give my money’s worth to ­people and give their money’s worth back to them and just have a laugh,” he continued.

Regarding his post-1D life, Niall said, “I always knew that I would write and that was the whole initial idea to just go into the studio and start writing again and start writing at home just to keep my mind ticking over and for the love of it. And then it came about after a few songs. I played them to my management and they were like, ‘You shouldn’t be giving these to anyone, we should make an album as they are.’ So here we are.”

“We have to just wait until everyone’s ready to go again, we’ll go again,” he added. “It’d be nice to think that we stopped at a high point, it’d be nice to pick up from there.”

1D or no 1D, we’ll still love you Niall!

Niall will drop his debut solo album Flicker in October.

Niall Horan Played a Vintage One Direction Song at His Flicker Sessions Tour Last Night

Niall Horan Played a Vintage One Direction Song at His Flicker Sessions Tour Last Night

Niall Horan may be a full-fledged solo artist now kicking off his solo tour, but he will never forget where he came from.

The 23-year-old former One Direction singer had a huge night yesterday evening, August 29, kicking off the first night of his Flicker Sessions tour.

Niall revealed the title of his debut album, played some previously unheard gems, and — best of all — went back to his 1D roots.

At his Dublin concert, he sang “Fool’s Gold,” a ballad from 1D’s 2014 album, Four. Of course, the crowd was obsessed with the throwback.

See that? It’s our hopes and dreams that 1D will someday get back together again, alive and well.

Watch a fan video of the performance below!



Niall Horan Sings “Fool’s Gold” in Dublin