What's this? This is an unbiased just-the-facts news timeline ('newsline') about One Direction, created by Newslines contributors. Help it grow by finding and summarising news. Learn more

One Direction

One Direction79 posts

One Direction is an Anglo-Irish boy band whose members are Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. They signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after being formed and finishing third in the seventh series of British television singing competition The X Factor in 2010.

24 Aug, 2015

Break for solo work

Makes Statement

One Direction plan an extended break as the members work separately on different projects. One Direction will promote their latest album until February and released the official music video of their single, Drag Me Down before their extended break.

They are taking a hiatus so they can work on individual projects for a while but they are not splitting up

14 Jul, 2015

Expecting baby


Tomlinson announces that he is expecting a baby early next year to Jungwirth. According to friends, Tomlinson has vowed to be at Jungwirth’s side and to be a “hands-on dad” when the baby arrives early next year. Source:

Louis is happy and very excited about becoming a dad and he thinks Briana will be an amazing mother. It was a surprise at first, but he and Briana are very, very close friends and this has brought them even closer.

26 Apr, 2015

Advices One Direction fans

Gives Talk

Hawkins advises One Direction fans who are distraught due to Malik leaving the band during his talk at Sydney Opera House.

My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics. Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes…It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe and in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction.

17 Apr, 2015

Thanks bandmates

Makes Statement

Malik thanks his One Direction bandmates at Asian Awards in London.

I’d like to thank my mum and dad, and I’d also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys I’ve ever met, everything I’ve done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life.

25 Mar, 2015

Leaves band


One Direction announce that Malik has left the band:

After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year. We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.


My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world.


I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction. Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave. As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.

21 Mar, 2015

Pays marijuana bond

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration says that a bond has been imposed because of drug concerns, allowing the band to play two concerts this weekend. The band paid $4,500 each for singers Zayne Malik and Louis Tomlinson, which will be forfeited should the two get caught using or promoting illegal drugs.

The condition is intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines.

20 Mar, 2015

Quits world tour

Appearance Cancellation

The band says Malik quit the tour due to stress. He is to return home to Britain as the rest of the band go on to play shows from the Philippines to South Africa, through Europe and the United States.

Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate. The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in the Philippines and Indonesia.

15 Feb, 2015

Gay comment

Tomlinson is videotaped in a hotel in Australia in a fan video. There is some confusion between fans as to whether he is saying:

I’m gay, it’s pretty unfortunate.


It’s pretty unfortunate.

Wins AMA Artist of the Year

One Direction wins Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. One Direction also collects awards for Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock for Midnight Memories. Liam Payne:

This has been a real perfect day … America feels like a second home to us.

15 Oct, 2014

Seventeen cover

Magazine Cover

one-direction-seventeen-2014One Direction appear on the cover of the November 2014 issue of Seventeen magazine. They discuss their upcoming album Four, as well as their surge in popularity.

‘You look at the names of who’s played at Wembley and you almost feel like you’re not worthy of it. We just feel like we’re just little scumbags’, he added.  

16 Jun, 2014

ABBA tribute

As an impromptu tribute to Swedish fans, the group performs a rendition of ABBA’s Mamma Mia. Harry starts the song confidently, then begins to mumble before Liam takes over. The group does not know most of the words, however the crowd supports them by singing along.

15 Jun, 2014

Meet sick children

One Direction works with Rays Of Sunshine, a charity that grants wishes to ill children, to meet and greet with over 50 children. During the meet, the band takes turns to answer questions and posing take pictures with them before their Wembley Arena concert. Children who receive the One Direction wish also receive a signed t-shirt, 2 concert tickets and the band’s fragrance, Our Moment.

Fourth album to feature McBusted

Niall confirms that the group will collaborate on their fourth album with fellow boy-band, Mcbusted. McBusted is the result of a merge of the separate bands Mcfly and Busted. Reports say the recording sessions secretly began prior to One Direction’s Where We Are Tour. Fans can expect the new album to release in Autumn.

We worked with Mcfly on the last album but now it’s all about McBusted…James Bourne is a really talent songwriter so it’s exciting to have him as part of the mix.

12 Jun, 2014

Dubai tickets sale speed record

The ticket sale speed for the 2015 concert at Sevens Stadium in Dubai breaks the record for the area. On the day the tickets went on sale, half were sold by lunchtime. Event company, Done Events:

This event has broken all records concerning the demand for tickets and the speed with which it has sold out. 30,000 tickets have now been sold for what will be the biggest one night concert ever staged in the region.

4 Jun, 2014

Fanfic book deal

Anna Todd, the author of the After series, will team with Simon & Schuster for a book deal. Todd began her One Direction fan fiction stories on Wattpad in 2013, attracting more than a million readers. The stories, influenced by Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray, follow an 18 year-old girl as she interacts with the band members. Simon & Schuster has paid for the rights to the series and plan to release the project in November. The company will alter the characters to avoid lawsuits, however many parts will stay the same. In an interview about her work, Todd says:

When you’re watching [One Direction] YouTube videos and going to their concerts and tweeting them, there’s always a desire for more – and there’s nothing like sitting down and spending time with them in the form of fan fiction.

Ticket sales drop

The Where We Are tour ticket price average of $232.98 is almost 3% lower than May’s$239.72. The decrease is said to be a result of the controversial smoking video released by the group. The drop is not large, however some fans have ripped and burned their concert tickets in opposition. The band currently has 30 more concerts for the year throughout North America. Most of the American ticket prices are at or above the current average price.


Payne takes to Twitter to be the first to apologize on behalf of the band after the smoking video. He also shows appreciation to fans who continue their support.

2 Jun, 2014

Defends band after video

Cowell defends One Direction after the release of the controversial smoking video. He says it is a private matter and hopes that fans remain loyal. In a red carpet interview, he refuses to comment on what advice he has for the group.

I can’t really comment on that. What I can say, however… is they are the hardest working boys I’ve ever worked with, they still haven’t changed. They’re really respectful to their fans, they’re a great British export

31 May, 2014

NZ tour cancellations

One Direction cancels their stop in New Zealand for the On The Road Again tour. The original plan was to perform at Auckland Stadium and several outdoor shows. Fans are upset, but Sony encourages them to purchase tickets for the Australian shows. Travel fees to Australia for these fans may reach up to $1000.

27 May, 2014

Marijuana video

Malik and Tomlinson make a video where they smoke marijuana as they drive to a show in Lima, Peru. In the video, the two make comments that involve jokes about drug use and disappointment over their latest book. The group’s representatives say that the matter is being taken care of by their lawyers.

21 May, 2014

Ticket company scams fans

The online ticketing company, Smart Cloud Tickets, sells tickets to fans and does not deliver them. The website offered discount tickets for the Where We Are Tour show at Wembley stadium. As the concert came closer, fans began to worry about their tickets not arriving. No tickets ever came. The company has now since removed its website and phone service and can not be found. Unfortunately, the UK laws only protect victims of sport ticket fraud.

19 May, 2014

Australia in February 2015

The band confirms plans to travel to Australia in February for their On The Road Again tour. The concert regions will include Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Thier last concert visit sold out 190,000 tickets. Liam:

Our Australian fans have been there for us since day one, and we always have such a great time there…see you in February!

One Direction is currently completing their Where We Are tour. Tickets for the next tour will be on sale in May.

18 May, 2014

Brisbane event added

For the One The Road Again tour, the band will now play at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Liam says the group can not wait to return for 2015. Minister for Recreation, Steve Dickenson, looks forward to the concert as it will help the region’s economy. The stadium plans to employ specialty sound technicians to control noise levels, as the area has curfews and noise restrictions for its residents. One Direction will be the 14th international act to play at the stadium.

1 Dec, 2013

Seventeen cover

Magazine Cover

one-direction-covers-seventeen-magazineOne Direction appears on the cover of the January 2014/December 2013 issue of Seventeen magazine. They talk about singing in the shower, who has the best abs, and how they keep things fun on the road. Louis says:

I’ve been labeled the prankster. I change the words of songs when the guys least expect it – their reactions are priceless.

1 Sep, 2013

Teen Vogue cover

Magazine Cover

one-direction-03The members of One Direction appears on the cover of the September 2013 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. They talk about being in Miami and their fans. Niall says:

I don’t see how you could get used to people screaming in your face, and anyone who says different is lying.

1 Aug, 2013

Glamour cover

Magazine Cover

01-one-direction-rosie-huntington-whiteley-glamour-cover-h724The members of One Direction and Huntington appear on the cover of the August 2013 issue of Glamour magazine. The cover photo was taken by Irwin. Zayn Malik:

We didn’t want to just follow the boy-band formula. We didn’t want to do any dancing. We just wanted to be five dudes in a band.


Anna Todd’s After series

25 year old Texas college student, Anna Todd, publishes the first chapter to the After series. She uses Wattpad, a storytelling app that gives updates to subscribers when new chapters are added. Thirteen seconds after the first chapter uploads, it receives a comment. The next day, it receives 10,000 comments. The story follows a young woman named Tessa and her encounters with Harry and the other One Direction band members. About her writing, Todd comments:

Just write what comes to you…I barely ever reread the chapter before posting because I over think things and I feel like over-editing or trying to use too many words can ruin the story.

What's this? This is an unbiased just-the-facts news timeline ('newsline') about One Direction, created by Newslines contributors. Make it grow it by finding and summarising news. Learn more