Life as a fan of hit boy band One Direction is far from easy at the moment. A year ago One Direction told fans that they were taking a break from the band for an undefined period of time. At that point in time, various members of One Direction reassured fans that they would be back after they had some time and space to pursue their own interests. Let’s face it, after five albums in as many years and four massive world tours, it was hardly a surprise to find One Direction needed a break.
It’s fair to say that few expected One Direction to hit the heights that they did. Acts that have found fame by appearing on Simon Cowell’s X-Factor are hardly renowned for their longevity. Add to that the fact that boybands are aimed at a very specific market, typically young and female, and you begin to understand why bands like One Direction rarely last for more than a few years. We should also remember that, when they formed One Direction, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik were young boys. Styles was just 16-years-old.
Since One Direction began their hiatus, fans have been bombarded by claims that One Direction is over for good. Right at the very beginning of the hiatus the Daily Mail reported that Simon Cowell was unsure if One Direction would reform. It has been reported that One Direction announced “a break rather than a break-up” in an effort to avoid the sort of hysteria that followed Zayn Malik’s departure from the band last year.
The premise underpinning that claim is a simple one. Tell One Direction fans that the band is on a break and let them see the boys doing other things. Once fans are used to seeing them work solo, announce that One Direction’s split is a permanent one. That way fans are merely disappointed and not hysterical.
It has been interesting to see comments made by both Niall Horan and Harry Styles over the past few days. As reported by the Inquisitr, both stars have admitted that there are no plans in place for a One Direction reunion. Instead, we see vague promises that One Direction will reunite “sometime in the future.”
In recent weeks, MTV has become increasingly vociferous in claiming that One Direction is over for good. Their argument is simple and all the more compelling for that. One Direction has grown up and is moving on.
“The boys swore they’d be back. They told us that it was not us and not them. They said they had projects to work on and lives to lead and dreams to chase, and they needed to do those things apart from their brethren.”
“And because we love them, we chose to believe them.”
There can be no doubt that all of the members of One Direction are talented, but talent alone did not lead to One Direction being the biggest thing in pop-music for many years. One Direction was branded like crazy, but it was the simple fact that, as a group, they added up to more than the sum of their individual parts. One Direction had a blend that added up to a charming whole. It was a whole that meant that fans developed an affinity with One Direction, the like of which is very rarely seen. Many argue that One Direction became a phenomena unmatched since the Beatles.
The Daily Mail reports that some One Direction fans are losing the faith. They report that during a radio phone-in on a Canadian station a fan told Niall Horan that “no-one cares about you any more.” The view expressed by that One Direction fan is undoubtedly held by some, but One Direction fans are famed for their loyalty. Most One Direction fans choose to believe that the band will be back when they are ready. That said, many are now accepting that a One Direction reunion is not on the cards anytime soon.
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