One Direction Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary With Special Video
By Paris Close
July 23, 2020
Today celebrates One Direction’s 10th anniversary!
Ten years ago today, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson would form one of the bestselling boy bands of all time after competing on the X Factor. Together, the group has dropped five albums — four of which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 — released several hit songs including “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Story of My Life,” and won a myriad of awards over the years.
As fans know, Malik departed the group in 2015, and the remaining four members would release their last album that year before taking an indefinite hiatus in January 2016 to pursue solo music endeavors. While the group has yet to come together since then, the band’s been teasing something special for their 10-year anniversary.
Well, today, the band finally shared the surprise: a new video! In a 4-minute clip, titled "10 Years of One Direction," the group shares some of their favorite memories together, including behind-the-scenes clips from their performances. Additionally, Tomlinson, Horan, Styles and Payne each took to social media with tributes of their own.
“What a journey… I had no idea what we were in for when I sent this text to my Dad ten years ago at this exact time the band was formed,” Payne wrote with a screenshot of the unforgettable moment. “Thanks to everyone that’s supported us over the years and thanks to the boys for sharing this with me #10YearsOfOneDirection.”
“When I met these four gents there was no way I thought we would go on to do what we did,” Horan captioned a photo of the band on tour. “So many unbelievable memories we shared together. We felt the adoration of millions from around the planet on a daily basis and it was mind blowing. It’s such a major part of our lives and always will be. Cheers to US today boys and thank you to all you beautiful people who have supported us over the last 10 years. @liampayne @harrystyles @zayn @louist91 ❤️ #10yearsofonedirection.”
Tomlinson marked the anniversary with a throwback pic of the band’s first group shot together, writing, “Our first ever photo together. The memories we've shared together have been incredible. Can't believe its been 10 years already. I look back incredibly proud. Thanks for everything lads and love to you the fans as always x.”
Styles posted a deeply emotional tribute for the anniversary on Instagram.
"I’ve been struggling to put into words how grateful I am for everything that’s happened over the last ten years," the "Watermelon Sugar" star wrote. "I’ve seen things and places that I’d only ever dreamt of when I was growing up. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the most incredible people, and gained friendships that I know I will treasure for the rest of my life. … Thank you to our crew, our team, and everyone else who helped us along the way. To all the fans, I love you, and I thank you with all my heart. You did it all, and you changed everything. And finally.. to the boys, I love you so much, and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we achieved together. Here’s to ten. H."
Happy 10-year anniversary, One Direction!
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