They’ve got a whole lot of history. 7 years of it, in fact.
July 23, 2010 was a date that would change music history as music mogul Simon Cowell brought together 5 hopeful solo artists during the X Factor and formed what would become the worlds biggest band. Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Lous Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik had no idea how their lives would change. Did you know that when it comes to talent shows like The X Factor, every contestant has to go through a background check. So basically, the people that work on these shows do a through people search into whoever will appear on the show. Imagine if they had found something incriminating on one of the boys? There would have never existed. I don’t know how any of us survived without them. Thank goodness they are as perfect as we all think they are!
A lot has changed since that memorable day, and we here at Fangirlish are going to take you on a little stroll down memory lane!
Sit back and let’s have a look at the #7yearsofOneDirection.
July 23 – Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik started out as solo hopefuls during the latest ‘X Factor,’ but after failing to make the ‘Boys’ cut, they are brought together by Simon Cowell as a group to continue in the competition. One Direction is born.
October – One Direction started the video diaries, a series of clips that would continue to delight fans long after the boys left the X Factor house.
December 10 – One Direction place third in X Factor, but continue on as a group despite the loss.
One Direction start to take over the UK, the fans who followed them and supported them through the X Factor days continuing to spread the word. 1D Fever starts to take over!
November – Up All Night is released, One Direction’s first album
February 14 – What Makes You Beautiful is released in the US, and 1D fever reaches across the pond!
February – One Direction opens for Big Time Rush.
November – Take Me Home is released.
December 3 – One Direction headlines Madison Square Garden! From opening act to headliner at MSG within the same year!
August – One Direction – This Is Us hits theaters as 1D releases their feature film of behind the scenes of their tour, their coming together and endless antics!
September – The infamous snake habitat…those of you in the fandom know exactly what I mean.
November 23 – 1D Day! A full day where the 1D lads gave us a livestream of their antics, interviews, games and more! And then there was the behind the scenes while singing along to Jason DeRulos Talk Dirty to Me.
November 25 – Midnight Memories is released!
July – Louis’ mom gets married, and it is a lovely day for our eyes as the lads attend in all their finery.
November 1 – Niall gave us the first 1D group selfie thanks to Instagram! And many more after that!
November – Four is released, their final album with Zayn before his departure.
March 25 – Zayn, after stepping away from the band at the start of their latest world tour citing personal issues, announces he will not be returning. ‘I just want to be a normal 22 year old’ was his statement as he officially leaves One Direction.
August 4 – It is announced that Louis is about to be a dad! With ex Briana Jungwirth, Louis is about to become the first 1D daddy.
October 31 – The final show of One Direction’s tour, and the last before the band takes a much needed hiatus, is finished. The hiatus length is undetermined.
November – One Direction’s final group album, their first without Zayn, is released ; Made In The AM.
December – One Direction officially goes on hiatus.
January 21 – Louis becomes a dad as baby Freddie Reign is born.
March – Zayn releases his solo album after much turmoil between himself and his former band mates.
May – Harry cuts his infamous long locks, donating them to the Little Princess Trust. Harry also starts filming his debut acting gig in Christopher Nolans, Dunkirk.
June – Harry announces solo album deal with Columbia Records. He is the first of the 1D lads to officially sign post hiatus (with the exception of Zayn, who signed with RCA).
July – Liam signs with Capitol Records, the second of the boys to make it official as a solo artist
September – Harry releases 3 solo Another Man magazine covers that set the fandom ablaze.
September – Niall signs with Capitol records, and also releases his first solo song, This Town.
October – Liam signs with Republic Records.
November – Liam and girlfriend Cheryl go for a night out, and Cheryl displays a noticeable baby bump. Both sides remain tight lipped.
December – Louis’ mom, Johanna, dies after a battle with cancer. A few days after the announcement, Louis performs on the X Factor with Steve Aoki, his first solo song Just Hold On.
March – Liam welcomes son Bear with girlfriend Cheryl Cole
May – Harry releases his solo album, self titled, to critical acclaim.
July – Harry’s debut film appearance in Dunkirk hits theatres.
Despite the hiatus, we are certain that there is plenty more One Direction in our future! And as much as we miss the lads as a collective, you cant complain about having 4 (or 5) times the music, appearances and shows to follow!
Here is to many years more!