Its been two long years since the hearts of 14-year-old girls were shattered; after an event which collectively tarnished their hopes and dreams for the future.
The splintering of One Direction led to a biblical flood of teenage tears which washed away the biggest boyband phenomenon of a generation.
A groaning gap was left in their absence. Who would young people chase and shriek at in the streets? Who would grumpy cynics moan and tut about whenever they tuned into Radio One?
However, listen closely and you may well hear the fluttering of a chapstick smeared poster as it breezes past. Yes, One Direction could well be breaking free of their hiatus, joining voices once more in an exciting new direction…
GOOD MORNING THE WORLD DESERVES TO HAVE ONE DIRECTION AGAIN AS A BAND
— doaa (@signofmedicinex) April 18, 2018
— 060418? (@incxnnubadgxrl) April 16, 2018
— ? antonia ? (@Dimpledhazza_) April 16, 2018
— airi. (@uy_airi) April 16, 2018
— E M I (@Emiii1993) April 16, 2018
Speaking in Berlin with German publication Promiflash, Liam Payne dropped a massive bombshell:
I think it will happen sometime in the foreseeable future, we’ve already talked about it.
We have the dream of this next big show and the stage we are currently in, and the success of everyone is so important to us to realize the show.
With everybody being so successful … It’s is so important for us to be able to make that show. And it’s the only way really that One Direction could get any bigger.
It’s the only way we could get more successful really, isn’t it? By being good on your own.
The boys have all developed impressively as musicians in their own right since they took different directions; finding their own unique styles and influences.
However, I’m betting it’s way more fun on the tour bus when you have your bezzie mates at your side to share the fun.
Fellow bandmate Niall Horan previously expressed his eagerness to reunite with his boyband buddies, making the following impassioned comment to Billboard back in 2017:
I told my managers from the start: When One Direction comes knocking, f**k what I’m doing. I don’t give a s**t if I sold out arenas or won Grammys.
I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for that.
When it will be, I don’t know. I’d prefer not to do it after I’m 40. I’d prefer the next few years.
Fact of the day:
Nobody will ever be prepared for One Direction’s comeback
— #LT1 (@NoControlProjec) April 18, 2018
What if One Direction really did this hiatus on purpose to test our dedication, love, support and loyalty? And one day, when the greatest comeback will arrive and they'll say "You guys never failed us. Thank you."
-I'm not crying, you are.-
— 1D TILL THE END (@niallnicaaa) April 18, 2018
— ◟̽◞̽ (@myhomedirection) April 18, 2018
Please scream with me
I MISS OT5
I MISS THE TOURS
I MISS THE VIDEO DIARIES
I MISS THE 1DDAY
I MISS THE INTERVIEWS
I MISS THEM PERFORMING TOGETHER
I MISS ONE DIRECTION
I MISS EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM
— ʀ'ꜱ ? (@DomainOfLegends) April 18, 2018
— Bebe RuChell◟̽◞̽ (@beberuchell_) April 16, 2018
Its fair to say Liam’s new comments have stirred up all sorts of excitement online.
One person tweeted:
I genuinely like One Direction more than I like myself & im pretty sure that’s a problem but whatever.
The only reason I’m still alive is the small possibility that one direction will do a reunion tour.
— Paola Garcia (@paola_garcia340) April 16, 2018
I genuinely like One Direction more than I like myself & im pretty sure that’s a problem but whatever
— #LT1 (@NoControlProjec) April 16, 2018
Not even gonna lie if one direction did a reunion tour id be there right at the front of the stage
— Shauna (@shauna_brophy) April 16, 2018
One Direction will comeback so don't lose hope.
— bea (@beaadmires1D) April 18, 2018
The only reason I’m still alive is the small possibility that one direction will do a reunion tour
— owen⚡️ (@xowenm) April 17, 2018
Liam, Louis, Niall and Harry improved a lot more. I can't wait for them to be back together. One Direction surpassed all the highest standards and y'all should be shaking by the thought now.
— ʀ'ꜱ ? (@DomainOfLegends) April 18, 2018
— kay loves zach ✰ (@problematiczdh) April 16, 2018
The time they’ve spent apart will hopefully mean plenty more inspiration and new ideas once they are back in the studio.
Hopefully this time will have also helped Zayn Malik work through the issues he experienced while in the band.
According to Associated Press, Zayn opened up back in 2016 about his anxiety and possible eating disorder:
I realized that I wasn’t eating as much just down to the amount of work that we were doing … our schedule was kind of crazy so we were all over the place,
— ??????? ✿*ﾟMEETING NIALL IN 19 DAYS (@Happinessiszayn) April 16, 2018
— arina (@itsmearrina) April 16, 2018
You can be sure as soon as they return, I’ll be the first to let you know about it.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.