The singer and boyfriend Liam Payne welcomed Bear in March
Two months ago, showbiz fans went into meltdown when singer and former X factor judge, Cheryl, gave birth to X Factor success story Liam Payne’s baby son, Bear. Since then, Liam has given a tell-all interview but Chezza has stayed completely silent: until now.
Cheryl and Liam Payne are new parents
The Fight For This Love hitmaker used Twitter to promote her partner’s new single and to tell fans that her new little family is doing well.
Continue reading: Cheryl Breaks Her Social Media Silence Two Months After Giving Birth
Donnie Wahlberg would like to see One Direction get back together before their time runs out to make a comeback.
The New Kids on the Block singer has urged the foursome - comprised of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne - to get back together as soon as possible following their extended hiatus otherwise their chances of achieving the same success they have done over the past five years will diminish dramatically.
Speaking to The Daily Star newspaper, he said: ''They were pretty great, they were all really great vocalists individually. I would love to see them reunite, they were sort of reaching heights that very few bands, let alone boybands, ever reach.
Continue reading: Donnie Wahlberg Urges 1D To Reform
The former couple are yet to reach a settlement to end their 18 month marriage.
Cheryl’ s estranged husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini has reportedly hired one one of the UK’s top divorce lawyers in a bid to reach a better financial settlement. Jean-Bernard is said to have dumped his former legal team after failing to reach an agreement with his estranged wife.
Cheryl’s ex Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini is thought to have hired a top legal team.
The Mirror reports that Cheryl may have to pay out as much as £5million, despite their marriage lasting little over a year. A source told the newspaper: “She just wants this settled and to move on with life.
Continue reading: Cheryl's Ex Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini "Hires Top Divorce Lawyer"
Cheryl is said to be the happiest she’s ever been after finding love with the One Direction star.
Cheryl and Liam Payne have reportedly told friends they want to start a family, just eight months after they started dating. Cheryl, who is still in the process of divorcing estranged husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, is said to be ready to commit fully to Liam, once her divorce is official.
Are Liam and Cheryl trying for a baby?
A source told The Sun: "It’s very serious now between Cheryl and Liam and they have been talking among close friends about starting a family.” Liam is even said to have put his post-Oe Direction solo career on hold to concentrate on his relationship with Cheryl.
Continue reading: Cheryl And Liam Payne Reportedly Trying For Baby
The new single precedes their upcoming fifth album, 'Made In the A.M'.
Just under a week before they drop their new album Made in the A.M., One Direction have released new single ‘History’, which serves as an emotional goodbye to their fans before their upcoming hiatus. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, band member Liam Payne described 'History' as a "modern version" of ‘You've Got a Friend in Me’.
One Direction have just released new single, ‘History’.
"More than anything, the song is about the way the fans and everyone have created this massive thing—One Direction—over the past five years. Out of [‘History’] comes a little bit of closure for this chapter of One Direction.”
Continue reading: One Direction's 'History' Gives Band Closure After Zayn Malik Exit
The music mogul reminded everyone who was missing at the Music Industry Trusts awards last night.
Simon Cowell caused a bit of an awkward moment at the Music Industry Trust Awards on Monday evening. Accepting the 24th MITS award in recognition of his contribution to the music and entertainment industry as well as his charity work, the ‘X-Factor’ judge thought the time was right to make a Zayn Malik joke in front of his former bandmates.
Simon Cowell made a Zayn Malik joke as he was honoured at the Music Industry Trusts awards.
Taking to the stage to accept the award from the One Direction boys, Cowell quipped: "Just by luck I get the award I've been wanting all my life and I'm completely hammered. Guys, who misses Zayn?”
It’s been a bad week from Liam, after One Direction were forced to cancel their gig in Belfast due to him falling ill.
One Direction star Liam Payne has reportedly split from girlfriend Sophia Smith after two years of dating. The pair were thought to be one of the strongest One Direction couples, as they had known each other since their schooldays before they began dating in 2013.
Is Liam Payne now a single man?
A source confirmed the couple’s split to MailOnline saying, 'Liam and Sophia have split. Liam is incredibly sad, but is going to keep busy. He really hopes that everybody will respect both his and Sophia's privacy and stop speculating.'
Continue reading: Liam Payne Reportedly Splits From Girlfriend Of Two Years, Sophia Smith
A new report in The Sun suggested that Payne suffered a panic attack before the SSE Arena gig on Tuesday night.
Many a fan was left upset by One Direction’s last-minute cancellation of their huge gig in Belfast earlier this week, but the reason for it may be more serious than people thought.
On Tuesday evening (October 20th), the group pulled out of the first of three performances at Belfast’s SSE Arena after Liam Payne had been struck down with a mystery illness, which a new reports suggests consisted of panic attack-like symptoms just moments before the group was due to take to the stage.
One Direction fans in Belfast had been camping out all day awaiting a statement from the group.
One Direction have announced they will play the SSE Arena in Belfast on Friday, after cancelling Tuesday night’s show when band member Liam Payne fell ill. The show on Tuesday evening was set to be the first of a three night run in Belfast for the boyband, however fans have been assured that tonight and tomorrow's shows are going ahead as planned.
One Direction have rescheduled their Belfast gig for Friday.
Writing on twitter Payne apologised to fans and said, "I'm so sorry to everybody I disappointed last night. I'm feeling better now. I really hope everyone can make the rescheduled date on Friday.”
Continue reading: One Direction Reschedule Belfast Gig Following Liam Payne Illness
And obviously fans went wild
One Direction may have broken hearts all over the world after announcing their 'hiatus' next March but, determined to make amends, the boys have released the title of their fifth album and a new song all in one fell swoop.
One Direction have made fans extremely happy with a new single and a new album title
For some, the album cover of the former quintet’s latest release may be bittersweet without Zayn standing on the front but Made In The A.M has all the hallmarks of another get direction offer and is due out on Nov, 13.
Continue reading: One Direction Drop New Album Title And A New Single Release
Liam Payne put fans’ fears to rest by stating One Direction will “work together again”.
Liam Payne revealed One Direction have plans to continue working together after their hiatus. Speaking in a recent interview with Attitude, Payne addressed rumours that the band - which consists of Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – are planning on permanently separating.
Liam Payne at the US Open in New York, September 2015.
Continue reading: Liam Payne Promises One Direction Will Reunite After Hiatus
Simon Cowell has addressed rumours about the longevity of One Direction’s planned ‘break’ in 2016.
Simon Cowell has addressed rumours that One Direction are permanently splitting up. The boy band, which is down to four members after the departure of Zayn Malik in March, devastated their fans earlier this week when they announced they plan to take a temporary break.
One Direction are taking a break next March.
Continue reading: One Direction’s Planned 2016 Break Is “Healthy”, Simon Cowell Claims
The band are reportedly taking a hiatus for a year from March 2016.
One Direction fans have been going into panic mode since Monday, when the news broke that the boyband were planning to go on a year long hiatus starting next March. But while the band had initially stayed quiet on the reports, three members have now taken to twitter to try and assure fans this is not the end.
One Direction will be taking a break sometime next year.
‘Ok so Lots of rumours going round. We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year,’ Niall Horan wrote on twitter. ‘Don't worry though, we still have lots we want to achieve! Can’t wait for you to hear all the new music we have for you and to perform,’ the 21 year old added.
Continue reading: One Direction Take To Twitter To Assure Fans Break Won't Be Permanent
The 1D boys have agreed to take a hiatus of at least a year to pursue solo projects, starting in March.
Take a deep breath, Directioners, they're not officially splitting up - and this apparently has nothing to do with Zayn Malik's departure from the band. Today it was revealed that Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have agreed to an extended break of at least 12 months, starting in March 2016, to pursue solo projects.
The 1D boys are going in different directions
The Sun reveals the boys have decided not to take the opportunity to tour after the Christmas release of their fifth album, and will instead temporarily disband, leaving each of them free to pursue other avenues.
Continue reading: One Direction Will Take Long Break After Fifth Album
‘Drag Me Down’ is the boyband’s first video since Zayn Malik’s exit.
One Direction have released their new video for single ‘Drag Me Down’ and let’s just say it’s out if this world! The video shows Harry, Niall, Liam and Louis inside the NASA Space Centre in Houston, Texas fooling around and being put through their paces before blasting off into outer space.
One Direction have released the video for single ‘Drag Me Down’
The video dropped on Friday (August) 21st and is the group’s first as a foursome following the departure of Zayn Malik earlier this year. The promo was an instant hit among the boyband’s ever loyal fans who had #DragMeDownVideo trending worldwide on twitter within hours of the clip hitting.
Continue reading: Watch One Direction Blast Off With NASA In 'Drag Me Down' Video
A remark made by Payne at 1D's gig at Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday evening was seized upon as homophobic, which he strongly denies.
One Direction’s Liam Payne has defended himself against accusations of homophobia, after a comment he made during a gig on their North American tour ignited an online backlash from some of the group’s fans.
During their concert in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday evening (August 18th), 21 year old Payne introduced one of the band’s love songs by saying: “This is my favourite song off the last album, and it is about trying to find that number one woman of your life… which none of you can relate to, because most of you are girls. Except for the boys in here, you know what I’m talking about.”
Liam Payne of One Direction
Continue reading: 1D's Liam Payne Takes To Twitter To Deny Homophobia Accusations
One Direction have just released their first single as a four piece and ex member Zayn is proud of his former bandmates.
Former One Direction member Zayn Malik has proved once and for all there’s no bad blood between him and his former bandmates. The singer, who left the group earlier this year, took to Twitter on Saturday to congratulate his former bandmates on their first single since his departure, 'Drag Me Down'.
Zayn Malik has shown his support for One Direction’s new single.
The group unexpectedly released ‘Drag Me Down’ on Thursday, with band member Liam Payne tweeting, ‘Bit of a surprise ! Check out our new single! It’s called Drag Me Down & I hope you love it as much as we do.’ The track then climbed to the top of the charts on iTunes and Spotify just hours after it’s shock release.
'Drag Me Down' appeared early on Friday morning, and with no radio airplay or promotion ahead of its release, it still reached the top of the iTunes and Spotify charts in double-quick time.
Just a day after Zayn Malik said that he had left them to make “#realmusic”, One Direction are showing that life continues without him as they dropped their first single as a quartet on Friday morning, entitled ‘Drag Me Down’.
The single made a surprise appearance on the iTunes store and Spotify at around 6:30am on Friday (July 31st), followed by its radio debut on BBC Radio 1 a couple of hours later. 1D’s Liam Payne also tweeted a link to the iTunes store, saying “Bit of a surprise! Check out our new single! It’s called ‘Drag Me Down’ & I hope you love it as much as we do.”
One Direction in Sweden
Continue reading: Surprise New One Direction Single Tops ITunes Chart Within An Hour
Liam Payne has reassured fans that he and the boys are not going anywhere following Zayn Malik's exit.
"Let's go crazy, crazy, crazy..." because Liam Payne says One Direction are here to stay. Speaking backstage at Capital's Summertime Ball with Vodafone at London's Wembley Stadium yesterday (June 6), Liam addressed rumours of the phenomenally successful boy band's imminent split, saying, "We don't know where that came from because we've got loads of stuff going on."
Right direction: Liam says the band aren't going anywhere
"We have just started the process for recording the new album, we've got a whole new tour going on, there are some really good songs so I don't think we are going anywhere for a while."
Continue reading: One Direction Aren't Splitting, Says Liam
After Louis and Zayn’s twitter spat the band are looking to move on with an awards show appearance.
One Direction will be appearing at next weekend’s Billboard Music Awards, in their first public outing since Zayn Malik quit the band back in March. Billboard have confirmed that Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan will all be in attendance at the ceremony, where they will be presenting a trophy.
One Direction, now without Zayn Malik.
The group will surely be hoping to put recent dramas behind them with the appearance as they step out for the first time as a fourpiece. Last month former member Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since leaving the band, at the Asian Awards in London.
All it took was one very 'naughty boy' to start a boyband Twitter fight of epic proportions.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao might have been billed as the fight of the century last weekend, but don’t underestimate the drama which can occur when a former boyband member, his producer and his ex-bandmate get into a twitter spat. Yes just over a month after One Direction went from five to four, it appears the gloves are well and truly off between former member Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson.
Zayn announced his departure from the boyband back in March.
It all started on Wednesday afternoon, when producer Naughty Boy, who’s been working with Zayn on solo material, tweeted an pic of the pair using an image filter along with the caption, ‘Replace this’.
One Direction have been writing songs for an upcoming fifth album, and Payne was describing them to Capital FM.
Barely a month after the departure of Zayn Malik, One Direction are clearly wasting no time in getting on with their career. Group member Liam Payne has suggested that the songs for their new album sound “great” and a bit like Oasis.
Payne was speaking to Capital FM on Tuesday morning and said “the album's coming together really well actually. The boys we've been writing with have come up with some great, great songs that are kind of like a bit Oasis-y almost, which is ace. I love that.”
Liam Payne was talking about the new 1D album to Capital FM on Tuesday
Continue reading: Liam Payne Claims New One Direction Songs Sound Like Oasis
The former One Directioner attended the event at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday.
Zayn Malik has made his first public appearance since leaving One Direction, at the fifth Annual Asian Awards. The 22 year old debut a new shaved hairstyle at the event, where he was accompanied by his mother Trisha Malik.
Zayn was accompanied to the event by his mother, Trisha.
The 22-year-old was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the ceremony, which was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Accepting the award Zayn referenced his time in the million selling pop group and thanked his former bandmates.
Zayn left the band last month and is said to be now pursuing a solo career.
We knew it would happen one day, but One Direction have officially picked up the pieces and moved on since saying goodbye to Zayn Malik last month. In news which might be upsetting to some, the group have just released their first official photo as a four piece, showing life will go on for the boyband after Zayn's departure.
The new One Direction, minus Zayn Malik
In the pic Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson stand against a plain background and appear to look a little apprehensive about their future. While some have described the image as a little on the depressing side, the band do seem to be getting on with things as normal and have even begun recording their fifth album.
The boys have given their first interview since the departure of Zayn Malik.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for One Direction and the group’s legion of fans, but it seems the boys are beginning to come to terms with Zayn Malik's exit. Speaking for the first time since Zayn's departure, the band assured fans they would continue, despite going from a five piece to a four some in the past month.
Don't cry fans: One Direction will carry on without Zayn Malik.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper Liam Payne said, “We’re gutted that Zayn chose to leave but now after a few performances as a four piece, we’re feeling confident and are determined to carry on stronger than ever.”
The 1D star is annoyed at the BBC show for continually criticising 'The X Factor'.
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson is tired of ‘The Voice’ continually slagging off ‘The X Factor’. Ahead of the BBC’s flagship talent contest making its reappearance this Saturday (January 10th), the boyband member suggested that there wasn’t even a contest between the two programmes.
The 23 year old star aired his grievances on Twitter, where he vented: “Is bad mouthing The X Factor the only way The Voice knows how to promo their show? #everyyear.” Later, he said: "it's like Accrington Stanley trying to compete with Real Madrid.”
Louis Tomlinson is angry with 'The Voice' for continually slagging 'The X Factor' for promotion
Continue reading: Louis Tomlinson Slams 'The Voice' On Twitter
Everyone's favourite boyband dished the dirt at the American Music Awards
One Direction are, quite simply, the best Artist of the Year. While this fact is already known by many of the boy band’s fans, it was unanimously proved at the American Music Awards when the boys scooped the Artist of the Year award and Favourite Pop Group.
The boys were crowned Artist of the Year at the AMAs
But having all this fame, fortune and adoration must have changed them in so many ways - surely they’re higher maintenance than they ever were?
The 21 year-old singer's unexpected absence forced the rest of the band to clarify that he is simply ill and not suffering with substance abuse issues.
One Direction kicked off their promotional tour for their newest album 'Four,' released today, by appearing on the 'Today' show in Orlando this morning (Nov 17th), but the 15,000 strong crowd gathered to see the band's performance noticed that they were one man short.
Zayn [second from the left] missed One Direction's 'Today' show performance this morning
Zayn Malik was nowhere to be seen during the band's morning show appearance, and since this isn't the first time he has been a no show, rumours quickly began circling that the 21-year-old singer is struggling with substance abuse issues.
A recent interview with One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles has sent the rumour mill spinning about the singer’s sexuality.
There's always hysteria with Harry Styles
Will the world's cutest chimpanzee make you watch One Direction's new video?
We never thought we'd be going 'Awwwwww!' while looking at pictures of One Direction, but the hairy co-star of their forthcoming new music video 'Steal My Girl' is killing us with unwavering cuteness. Those easily overwhelmed, look away now.
It was surprising, not to mention mildly amusing, when it was announced that Danny DeVito would be making an appearance in the video - it made us, admittedly, a little bit curious. But now that we've seen the other special guest on the set, a sunglasses-wearing chimpanzee, we're eager to see him in action.
Once again, One Direction have become front page news, but do people really find their recent drugs 'scandal' shocking?
Being caught with a joint is really nothing new in the world of pop, especially amongst those aggressively seeking a change of image that will subsequently add a semblance of ‘edge’ to their persona. For child stars especially, in attempts to free themselves from their enforced clean-cut youth and iconic childhood roles, to indulge in the smoking of marijuana is the go-to method of both distancing oneself from the past and declaring oneself as a fully independent adult.
The group have come under fire from the tabloids for Zayn and Louis' actions.
The celebrity world abounds with examples of such exploits. Remember the media storm over Justin Bieber’s incident with a “suspicious cigarette” or Miley Cyrus’ bong exploits, which have now evolved into her free and consistent utilization of marijuana symbolism? The celebrity media loves a scandal more than a Republican loves his right to bear firearms, but whilst the current One Direction drug ‘scandal’ has rather predictably been plastered all over the tabloid’s front pages, the majority of the public greets it with a collective shrug of the shoulders. They are, after all, adolescents- the prime age for indulging in experimentation with illicit substances and activities. Most adults will have indulged in similar instances of experimentation with an array substances at a similar age to these patchy-bearded pop stars. In terms of the pop world, this particular act has been seen many times before; so many times, in fact, that the whole ‘rebellion’ phase is part and parcel of the child actor discourse. Some take it just a little too far, and the ensuing descent into drugs has unfortunately claimed the lives of many of Hollywood’s exploited youngsters.
Liam Payne has revealed the band rarely see each other as Harry Styles pens a tune with John Legend, but are One Direction splitting up?
One Direction may have walked away with their fourth BRIT award on Wednesday (this time the award acknowledged their Global Success) but that hasn’t stopped talk of One Direction splitting up. 1D was formed in 2010 after they finished third in the seventh series of The X Factor and have since gone on to achieve worldwide fame, as well as accumulating an extremely spirited and vocal bunch of fans along the way. Their three albums have broken all sorts of records and have topped global charts so the last thing that anybody expected was the shocking revelation that they may have come to the end of the line (note educated reference to ultimate 1990’s boy band lyric).
Last week 1D bagged the BRIT for Global Success
The rumours that One Direction are splitting up began when member Liam Payne revealed that the award ceremony last Wednesday marked the first time that band members had seen in each other for three months. Fans flew into a panic that their favourite bunch of cheeky chaps are apparently not in as close contact as they would like the believe, fueling rumours that if the boys haven’t been in touch perhaps they are on rocky ground.
Continue reading: So, Are One Direction Splitting Up?
One Direction's Liam Payne was blasted in a twitter onslaught by shocked fans, and other social media users, after the 20 year-old tweeted 'Duck Dynasty' star Willie Robertson to show support for his family.
One Direction's Liam Payne Causes Outrage After Showing Support To 'Duck Dynasty's' 'Family Values' 'Duck Dynasty's' Robertson family may have a new fan from somewhere unexpected. One Direction band mate Liam Payne sparked a frenzy online this Saturday (Jan 18th) after tweeting one of the stars of the A&E reality show, Willie Robertson.
Liam Payne showed support for the Robertson family on twitter
The 20 year-old tweeted the 'Duck Commander CEO, "huge love to you/your family huge respect for your business prosperities and the family values you still all behold. big fan."
Liam Payne's stunt backfired.
Liam Payne, The Older Looking One
In case you're unaware of the story: Payne posted a picture of himself dangerously balanced on the roof of a 34-floor building. The image was backlit by the lights of London, where the singer was apparently partying with friends from Wolverhampton.
Continue reading: Liam Payne's Stunt Gives Away London Address, Fans Duly Turn Up.
The singer has apologised for the photo stunt that saw him stand on the 34 floor ledge of a skyscraper
One Direction star Liam Payne has said that he is sorry for his "extremely dangerous" photo stunt, in which the boyband singer stood 34 floors above the ground on the edge of a skyscraper. He described the stunt as "stupid" and "irresponsible" and apologised to any fans who were distressed by the picture.
Liam apologise profusely for trying to have a laugh with friends
The teen idol took to Twitter to apologise for the photo opportunity, which inexplicably made its way on to the front page of some UK tabloids on what wasn't exactly a slow news day, tweeting, "You may have seen a photo of me today taken on top of a building. I regret being there and having a photo taken."
The French music community said "non!" to the boys at the 15th NRJ Awards
One Direction were booed as they took to the stage at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France, last week (14 Dec.). The British boy band were met with jeers when they took to the stage to collect their two awards, being met with boos from the audience both of the times they went up to the stage to collect their trophies.
The boys lined up and looking dapper for the NRJ's
Continue reading: One Direction Booed At French Music Awards
Anchorman meets One Direction hysteria: what could possibly go wrong?
Paul Rudd kicked off his third go at hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live by ensuring that every 15 year-old pop music fangirl in the country was watching as he recited an opening monologue whilst being flanked by boyband One Direction. Rudd lamented that he had been overshadowed by previous musical guests Beyoncé and Paul McCartney only to be upstaged once again by the British fivesome.
[L-R] Carell, Rudd, Koechner & Ferrell Brought The 'Anchorman' Machine To 'SNL.'
"Don't worry Paul, we're not here to outshine you," Harry Styles reassured him. "Yeah, you do the comedy stuff and we'll stand back and blow kisses," Niall Horan added as the rest of the band looked on, presumably fighting back laughter.
Have the 1D boys delivered the "rockier" sound they promised on their new album? No, not really
Have the One Direction boys suddenly decided to commemorate Lady Diana, the People's Princess, to coincide with the release of the Naomi Watts-starring film, Diana? Unlikely, but the leak does seem to be rather well-timed.
A new One Direction Song Has Been Leaked.
The band have just landed in Australia for the down-under section of their tour after the recent box office success of their on the road documentary movie, This Is Us. The band may be strapped aboard a skyrocket to fame and fortune, but this didn't stop their new single 'Diana' being leaked over the weekend.
Continue reading: New One Direction Song 'Diana,' Leaks Online [Listen]
He's a member of the hottest boy band on the planet...but not like that.
Liam Escaped Unscathed After A Fire Broke Out.
The singer was on the 34th floor of an upmarket Docklands block of residences when a mysterious fire broke out. According to fire-fighting personnel who rushed to the scene, "Firefighters worked quickly and professionally to get the fire under control as quickly as possible. Around 30 people left the building before we arrived and were not injured. Two of the occupants had superficial burns to their hands and the third had burns to his hands and face. All three have been taken to hospital," the spokesperson said.
Continue reading: Fire! 1D's Heroic Liam Payne Escapes With Life In London Flat Blaze
It's Liam's 20th and he's nothing but niceness.
Could Liam Payne, on his 20th birthday, be the most mature member of One Direction? After springing to his bandmate Harry Styles' defence after pop star Taylor Swift called him out in her VMAs acceptance speech, the singer has asked fans to donate to cancer charity Trekstock, if they'd like to give him a gift.
Liam Payne Hasn't Let Fame Turn Him Selfish.
This morning Liam greeted his fans by thanking them for the support in One Direction's short but stratospheric career. "Good morning everyone :) can't quite believe my life there's no bigger birthday present than what you've done for me in 3 years thank you xx," he wrote sweetly to the predictable storm of excited fan responses.
Filmmaker Spurlock (Super Size Me) is known for his investigative wit, but there's none of that in this on-message doc about the most successful boy band in history. Still, the fans won't be able to get enough of the backstage antics and lively performance clips. And those unfamiliar with One Direction will have fun too. Just don't expect to learn much about these five young men who continually say, "Back when we were little," even though they're still only 19-21 years old.
The filmmakers follow Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis on their world tour, visiting four continents as they play nearly 130 concerts for their hysterical fans, who all seem to be pre-teen girls. As we see them larking around on-stage, in the wings and on their tour bus, we also get their back-story, as they auditioned individually for The X Factor in 2010 and were assembled as a group in a spontaneous decision by Cowell. Their global success is the result of a viral Twitter onslaught, and the fans also get their say on-screen, gushing with their love for these five skinny, mop-haired guys who have serious vocal talents but have yet to prove themselves as musicians.
While the film captures the boys' strong camaraderie, cheeky energy and constant pranks (including silly Jackass-style closing-credits clips), we never really learn much about them. There is no attempt to explore their off-stage identities, what they do in their down-time, their romantic lives or musical inspirations. Some depth is provided in interviews with their parents, who offer emotional insight into how fame has changed their families. Aside from some lively off-handed moments, their interviews feel carefully media-trained, and there's no commentary from anyone outside their inner circle. But they emerge as grounded, likeable young guys who know how lucky they are, so they're making the most of their success in the short time they have at the top.
Continue reading: One Direction: This Is Us Review
This Is Us, the film documenting the rise of One Direction from X-Factor contestants to an international pop sensation, premiered in London on Tuesday (20th August). In addition to the band and X-Factor's Simon Cowell, the guests included Little Mix, Ronnie Wood, Ulrika Jonsson and Laura Whitmore.
One Direction's This Is Us, a documentary following the band's rise from X-Factor contestants to one of the biggest pop groups in the world. The documentary premiered in London on Tuesday (20th August) in Leicester Square, London. Screaming fans awaited One Direction and the other celebrity attendees.
The band which consists of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson; all attended the premiere and greeted fans of the red carpet. The band was formed in 2010 on The X-Factor's seventh season. The group are one of the most popular in the world and this was reflected in the turnout of fans at the premiere. Fans were so determined to see their music heroes that some camped out in Leicester Square the night before.
80,000 One Direction fans will descend on Leicester Square tonight.
Hundreds of fans had camped overnight in central London to ensure priority wristbands to the premiere, though by 6pm, police predict that Leicester Square could be swamped by 80,000, each with ideas of getting a glimpse of their idols.
It's an unbelievable number. It's a stadium gig full of people. It's a packed Wembley Stadium, crammed around the Odeon.
Continue reading: Can One Direction Truly Be Called The New Beatles?
British pop heartthrobs One Direction became a worldwide sensation when they were thrust together on the 2010 series of 'The X Factor' after initially auditioning separately. The landed a prestigious Guinness World Record after becoming the first British band to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 with their debut album 'Up All Night'; an achievement that not even The Beatles managed to claim. This telling documentary features a series of interviews with various people in the music industry as they determine what this '1D Mania' is all about, who really founded the band in the first place and the high-profile tabloid stories of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
Continue: One Direction: Going Our Way - Clips
Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson may make up the biggest boyband in the world, but they are eager to prove that they're just a normal bunch of lads in their new documentary movie. The film sees them going back to their roots and reuniting with old friends; Harry goes back to the bakery he used to work at, while Zayn shows he hasn't forgotten his loved ones by buying his mum a luxury house of her own. We see them through the eyes of their fans across the world, their proud parents and the owner of their record label Simon Cowell. They reveal how they've always wanted to sing, and show their genuine brotherly bond through countless on and off tour shenanigans including fishing and camping trips.
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Do the individual publishing deals suggest the boys are thinking about life after One Direction?
Ah, we was wondering when this was going to happen. One Direction have added a couple more million to their bank accounts, though this time they're thinking for themselves. Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne have signed SEPARATE publishing deals to cash in on all songs they have credits for writing.
It's a clear sign that the boys are beginning to look after their own interests following the phenomenal success of their first couple of years in the industry. The publishing deals are being overseen by Fingate, the company who also cash in on Elvis Presley's back catalogue as well as work by Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas and Foo Fighters.
A source said: "This is a real statement of intent from the band. They have absolutely no intention of being spoon-fed pop puppets. They want to write and they want to earn as individuals." As well as the new deals, each of the five members have also invested in their own studio set-ups at home and have been attending writing sessions together after gigs. On their latest record Take Me Home, the band had three songs with individual writing credits while the others were penned by outsider songwriters. The group did not have a hand in writing the three biggest hits from the album, Live While We're Young, Kiss You and Little Things.
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Liam Payne dubbed 80's pop icon Boy George "weird" after a run-in at the Brits
The One Direction boys seemed in pretty high spirits at the BRIT Awards in London last night. There was Harry, dancing around the stage like a lunatic, Louis helping himself to the complimentary fizz, Zayn looking all mysterious and broody, and the little Irish fella was presumably just happy to be there. But what about Liam? Something appeared to have riled our Liam, and we may have found the answer. Ready for this? Deep breath.
80's pop star Boy George - who debuted a slimmer, altogether healthier look this week - was at the bash with his young niece, getting snaps with her favourite pop stars. Now, there appears to have been some confusion when the One Direction boys came there way. Later on Twitter, the Karma Chameleon hit-maker wrote, "Top marks to Harry Styles for stopping for a picture with my niece and B*llox's to Liam and the disrespectful w**ker of a minder!" adding, "Stars of the night, Harry Styles, Lana Del Rey, Jessie J. Too many drug f**ked twits to mention elsewhere! Emily Sande (sic) was great!" George later suggested Harry Styles would leave the band, saying, "You heard it here first!"
They're the biggest boyband in the world since coming third in the seventh series of 'The X Factor' in 2011 and they've had two number one multi-platinum albums since their inception. One Direction are now here on the big screen in their first movie which chronicles their rollercoaster lives and dramatic pop career over the past year or so. We'll see the die hard devotion of their army of fans, how the boys feel about being away from their home and families all the time, how they've built such a strong, brotherly bond as a group and their general boyish shenanigans.
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One Direction's Liam Payne said "to hell with tradition" and ditched the customary christmas turkey this year, going out for a Christmas curry with his family instead. Don't worry about the multi-millionaire's wallet though, because he had his parents pay for the meal (it is Christmas after all).
The 19-year-old boyband star went out, for the second year in a row apparently, to the local tandoori restaurant with his parents Geoff and Karen and sisters Nicola and Ruth in his native Wolverhampton to chow down on shish kebabs, naan bread and chicken tikka bhuna, rather than pigs in blankets, stuffing and roast vegetables. We're not entirely sure which meal option we would opt for ourselves, come to think of it.
Speaking to The Mirror, the restaurant's manager Jay Uddin said Liam always sticks to his favourite curry, and is something of a regular at the Penn Tandoori. He said, “He (Liam) pre-booked about two weeks in advance for the dinner and they came last Christmas as well, so it’s become a bit of a tradition with them now. Liam’s a regular and he used to visit the restaurant lots with his parents before he became famous. He loves his chicken tikka bhuna."
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Harry Styles' might want to book his tattoo appointments for times that fit his schedule, as walking around with unfinished ink is just not cool, especially when it looks like he's got 'Things I C***' written on his arm.
The One Directioner was papped landing in L.A with his One Direction cronies, and some eagle eyed cameraman got a nifty close up of his latest - and unfinished - ink, and is it just us or does it contain a rather unsavoury profanity? Most outlets say the ink reads 'Things I can' and 'Things I can't' on Hazza's left and right forearm. But the latter looks suspiciously like the C-word. You need to get those tats finished before you show them off Harry; can't and c*** are too similar! During an appearance on Irish chat show, The Late Late Show, Harry revealed that he had been to the tattoo parlour that same day but refused to show them off as they were still bandaged up. He also declined to say what the tattoos actually meant, but his band mate Nial Horan quickly said: "It's a London thing," the Daily Mail reported.
The Ex-X-factor boys are in Los Angeles to perform on the U.S version of the show that made them famous. They're also set to meet up with Ellen DeGeneres on her show before Harry comes back to Dublin to get that tattoo finished up!
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29th August, 1993
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