Liam Payne says a One Direction reunion is on the cards – but will Zayn Malik be there? | Ents & Arts News

It’s nearly 10 years since One Direction were launched into the world via Simon Cowell’s talent juggernaut, The X Factor.

Now Liam Payne says the 1D boys are in talks to mark their decade milestone in July.

Payne says 'it's a real good time for us to connect together again'
Payne says ‘it’s a real good time for us to connect together again’

However, while Payne told The Sun he’d been in contact with Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, he made no mention of Zayn Malik.

“We’ve got a 10-year anniversary coming up so we’ve all been speaking together a lot over the last few weeks which has been really nice.

Forrner One Direction singer Zayn Malik
Malik has not been complimentary about the band since leaving

“To hear a lot of people’s voices and seeing old content and different things that we haven’t seen for a long time or never seen before, it’s very interesting.

“At the moment I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say. There’s a number of different things that we are all working on to try and make happen and people are forwarding emails around.

“But more than anything it’s just been a real good time for us to connect together again.”

Malik quit One Direction in 2015, leaving the band as a four-piece.

Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Niall Horan of One Direction attend the BBC Music Awards at Genting Arena on December 10, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
When five became four

The boys went on indefinite hiatus the following year.

Following his departure, Malik has called the band’s music “generic” and claimed he never really wanted to be part of it.

Harry Styles
Styles balances singing with a bit of modelling

In various interviews since going solo, the band members have all variously implied they were never close.

So far, the youngest member of the band, Harry Styles, has had the most success in his solo career, releasing a critically acclaimed album, touring the world and co-chairing the 2019 Met Gala.

Cheryl Tweedy and Liam Payne arrive at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London
Payne and Cheryl have a son together called Bear

Malik has released two solo albums, adopting a more alternative R&B style.

Payne has released his debut album, and become a father with former Girls Aloud star Cheryl.

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson on stage
Tomlinson returned to his X Factor roots in 2018
Niall Horan of One Direction tees off during the Pro-Am prior to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth
Horan likes a bit of golf in between making music

Tomlinson has appeared as a judge on The X Factor, formed his own record label, released one album and become a dad too.

Horan has released two studio albums.

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As a group, One Direction sold more than 50 million records around the world, and were one of the most successful boy bands ever.

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