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Harry Styles Says Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction Made The Guys Become Even Closer

Harry Styles Says Zayn Malik Leaving One Direction Made The Guys Become Even Closer

Zayn Malik shockingly left One Direction in 2015, just a year before the group disbanded on an indefinite hiatus.

In a new interview with New Music Daily with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Harry Styles opened up about the effect of his leaving had on him, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan.

“It was kind of like we were sad, obviously, that someone had left, but also sad that he was not enjoying it so much that he had to leave,” Harry shared. “Because I think at the time too, the tour and everything was going so well and everyone had kind of got to this place where everyone was kind of living in a way where they I think felt pretty good. It felt like everyone was kind of enjoying it.”

He adds, “I’d say a big part of it was us kind of being like, ‘Wow.’ You didn’t realize he wasn’t enjoying it that much.”

After Zayn‘s departure, the group got even closer after.

“We were about to start recording a new album and stuff and it was like, ‘Are we recording this without him?’” Harry says. “But I’d say in the moment, I guess the four of us became closer because we were like, ‘OK, this is a hurdle that we weren’t expecting.’”

The conversations ultimately lead to whether the band would stay together.

“We’d sit down and have conversations [asking if] everyone [is] good, everyone wants to keep going and that kind of thing,” he adds. “There was a part of me where I felt like all of the decisions I’d made as an adult — that affected my life and what I was doing with my life — had been made as a group. I think there was a part of me that felt like I wanted to make some decisions for myself… I felt like I needed to make some decisions that just affect me.”

Now, Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam will all be releasing their second and debut albums this winter.

Harry Styles Had Some Trouble Remembering All the One Direction Members on 'SNL' - Watch!

Harry Styles Had Some Trouble Remembering All the One Direction Members on 'SNL' - Watch!

Harry Styles is having some trouble remembering his One Direction days!

The 25-year-old singer hosted Saturday Night Live on Saturday (November 16) and gave his former bandmates a sweet shout-out.

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“I love those guys. They’re my brothers,” Harry said. “Niall, Liam, Louis -”

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then trailed off jokingly forgetting the last member (Zayn Malik)!

“And um, Ringo, yeah that’s it,” Harry joked. “Just so grateful Simon Cowell grew us in those test tubes.”

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Niall Horan & Louis Tomlinson Have One Direction Fans Freaking Out After Singing Together at Soundcheck!

Niall Horan & Louis Tomlinson Have One Direction Fans Freaking Out After Singing Together at Soundcheck!

Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson are reportedly performing an old One Direction song together!

The two guys are set to hit the stage to perform their solo music at 2019 Premios Telehit in Mexico TONIGHT (November 13), but were spotted doing a soundcheck of 1D‘s “Little Black Dress” together.

Fans are going crazy on social media, sharing the video of the guys singing together and expressing their excitement and some not thrilled that Harry Styles and Liam Payne are not there as well.

“Louis and Niall sound checking Little Black Dress together is everything I never knew I needed in life,” one Twitter user wrote.

“if louis and niall do perform a song together, that will be the biggest flex of the century. they had the least singing parts of all the other boys in one direction and were ALWAYS underestimated. but for them to perform together? in all their success? please please please,” another fan wrote.

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Simon Cowell Thinks This Is When One Direction Will Get Back Together

Simon Cowell Thinks This Is When One Direction Will Get Back Together

One Direction are showing no sign of reuniting any time soon, but Simon Cowell is predicting when they will reunite!

The X Factor judge who helped create the boy band on the music show in 2010 thinks the guys – Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson – will get back together within the next five years.

“My gut feeling is yes. I mean, they’re all doing great solo wise, at the moment, but they had a lot of hits. So, they could do tour, after tour, after tour. You know you could sell out a One Direction gig, or a stadium tour, in about 20 seconds,” he said of the possibility of a reunion.

“I would say within five years.”

“That’s only a guess. Not that I know. It’s only a guess,” he added.

In the meantime, Harry Styles recently announced his new album will be out in December and Louis‘ debut album will be released in January!

Why Don't We Cover One Direction, Ariana Grande & More In New Video - Watch Now!

Why Don't We Cover One Direction, Ariana Grande & More In New Video - Watch Now!

Why Don’t We are taking on the humming challenge!

The boy band – Jack Avery, Corbyn Besson, Zach Herron, Jonah Marais, and Daniel Seavey – drew songs out of a box and had to hum the tune without singing any lyrics until someone else in the group guessed the correct song title and artist.

The guys even sang and harmonized to One Direction‘s “One Thing”, Ariana Grande‘s “One Last Time” and even Backstreet Boys‘ “I Want It That Way”.

Other artists Why Don’t We hummed to were Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and even their own song “What Am I”!