I’m sorry to say it, but it appears Zayn Malik will not be part of the upcoming One Direction reunion. Liam Payne said as much during an IG Live with Swedish DJ Alesso.
With the band’s ten-year anniversary coming up in July, it’s safe to say some sort of thing will happen. Whether that be a Zoom reunion, new documentary, or project of some sort. As fans noticed last weekend, the One Direction website has been reactivated for the first time since its hiatus in 2016. Something is coming.
“I can’t say too much,” Liam told Alesso, confirming the reunion. “Louis [Tomlinson] actually told me off for revealing a bit of our plans the other day, so you’re going to get me a group telling off in the group chat.”
But Liam did reveal that the band is “trying to arrange the first group FaceTime at the moment.”
“You can come fill in for Zayn,” he told Alesso, “join the band.” Ah.
🚨@LiamPayne confirms a One Direction reunion is in the works, reveals @Louis_Tomlinson ‘told him off’ for saying too much:
“We’ve been trying to arrange the first group facetime with the boys. You [Alesso] can come fill in for Zayn.” pic.twitter.com/lOd768XOZG
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 19, 2020
Look, it’s always better to wait for an official announcement with these things, but this still doesn’t bode well for a full 1D reunion. It’s strange because Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis, Liam, and the official One Direction Twitter re-followed Zayn on the platform the other day. What ! Is ! Going ! On !
Earlier this month – during an interview with The Sun about his new single, Midnight, with Alesso – Liam first sparked the reunion rumours when he said he had been speaking to his former bandmates about the anniversary. “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,” he said.
“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,” he said. Liam added that he wasn’t sure if he could say much else, stoking the reunion talks even more.
“There’s a number of different things that we are all working on to try and make happen and people are forwarding emails around,” he continued. “But more than anything it’s just been a real good time for us to connect together again.”
Not long after, #OneDirection2020 started trending around the world.