Fans Celebrate 8 Years of One Direction

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July 23, 2010. A day that changed the music industry.

On the stage of the popular music discovery show X-Factor, five solo hopefuls discovered that their dreams of stardom would not come to be. But that disappointment was short lived, as moments later they were pulled together to be told by media mogul Simon Cowell that they would be placed together in a band and moved forward in the competition.

From that day on, the five singers, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik, would be known as One Direction. They took the world by storm, each of their five studio albums over the next five years reaching number one status. Countless sold-out shows, awards including American Music Awards, Brits, and more. They captivated the world, broke records and garnered one of the most passionate and dedicated fanbases known to fandom, and all the while remained the same, humble boys we fell in love with.

Not without their dramas, One Direction kept moving forward despite taunting headlines (that whole Larry thing that just wont die despite endless denies and proof to the contrary), family tragedy (the loss of Louis Tomlinson’s mother Johanna, and Harry Styles step father Robin Twist), and band disruption (member Zayn left the band in March of 2015 to pursue his own solo efforts). The band took an undetermined length hiatus at the end of 2015, allowing each member to venture out on their own and try their hand at something new.

But no matter what, they still continue to be each others support. In a tribute to Tomlinson’s late mother, he performed a song in her honor on the X-Factor stage that made him famous years before. The rest of his bandmates, Malik included, were backstage to cheer him on. No matter where they are in the world, they are a family, as are their fans.

On this, the 8th anniversary of One Direction, that sense of community is just as strong, with band members and fans alike taking to social media to call out their celebration.

Louis, Liam and Niall all took to Twitter to thank the fans for their ongoing support.

The official One Direction Twitter account wasted no time teasing fans from the moment the anniversary broke the dawn, tweeting out favorite lyrics from infamous 1D songs throughout the day.

Even the X-Factor family reached out to comment on the anniversary of their most popular stars.

Former band members, who toured with the group during the majority of their time together, were also quick to jump on social media to reach out to the fandom and their tour family.

One of the best parts of #8yearsofOneDirection has been the fan comments. Showing that the love of this group, even almost three years after their hiatus began, is just as strong as ever.

Congratulations to One Direction for their success, their dedication, and for everything they have given us. Personally, they have introduced me to some of my best friends, rekindled my love for writing, and reminded me what it is like to love a band wholeheartedly. So thank you for what you have done for me, and for the rest of the Fangirlish team, and your fans.

We can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us!


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