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One Direction facts: Story of Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan

Updated on May 8, 2012
One Direction performing in Sydney. Back l-r Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson. Front l-r Zayn Malik and Liam Payne
One Direction performing in Sydney. Back l-r Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson. Front l-r Zayn Malik and Liam Payne | Source

One Direction's Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan have taken the world by storm. Simon Cowell picked them up after the boy band took 3rd place in The X Factor. Here's a look at some facts about One Direction and the life stories of the lovable band mates so far.

One Direction: Liam Payne

Liam Payne posing for Ponystep magazine.
Liam Payne posing for Ponystep magazine. | Source
Liam Payne pictured trying his hand at fishing during One Direction's recent tour to Australia, while the other band mates were relaxing and sipping on Coronas.
Liam Payne pictured trying his hand at fishing during One Direction's recent tour to Australia, while the other band mates were relaxing and sipping on Coronas. | Source

Liam Payne is an 18 year old singer from Wolverhampton, England. Liam is said to be a young athlete and at the age of 12, he was picked for his school's under 18 cross country team. But not all was well for the start to be as he was diagnosed with a faulty kidney and went through trauma of taking more than 30 injections during the day to ease the pain. Today, the 18 year old star says he has to watch what he drinks, even water, let alone alcohol.

So what was Liam Payne's childhood like? Just like the average kid, he too was bullied in school. To learn to defend himself, Liam took up boxing classes and subsequently broke his nose and had bruises on his face. Ouch! But Liam believes that it shaped him for things to come. "But it gave me confidence. I got pretty good over the next couple of years. I was really proud that I went out with a girl who was in Year Six when I was in Year Four." he said, as per extracts of their book Dare to Dream: Life As One Direction reported by TheSun.

Dating was not Liam's stronghold in school as he had been rejected, dumped and cheated on. While this may sound hard to believe, this One Direction star asked a girl out more than 20 times only to be dumped later and had many girls cheat on him. That hurts! But all's well that ends well, they say. And that's exactly what happened when he first sang Cry Me a River, to which he received a standing ovation not only from the audience, but also from the media mogul Simon Cowell. Liam Payne's full name is Liam James Payne and his date of birth is 29 August 1993.

One Direction: Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik posing for Ponystep magazine.
Zayn Malik posing for Ponystep magazine. | Source
Zayn Malik is topless as he looks outside the hotel window where One Direction stayed while in Australia. Some of his tattoos including the one of the heart on the stomach are clearly visible.
Zayn Malik is topless as he looks outside the hotel window where One Direction stayed while in Australia. Some of his tattoos including the one of the heart on the stomach are clearly visible. | Source

Born in Bradford, England, Zayn Malik was son to a British mother and a Brit-Pakistani father. In school, Zayn felt out of place because of his background. "I almost felt like I didn’t fit in at my first two schools because I was the only mixed heritage kid in my class" he mentions.

Zayn was a very hyper active kid. He likes to use the words 'Full-on' while talking about how active he was as a child. Growing up, Zayn auditioned for The X Factor which didn't go quite well in the beginning. When he had to dance, he refused to come on the stage. Cowell had to go backstage and convince Zayn to come on stage and dance. Little did Simon Cowell know at that time that he was coercing a boy that would one day be a part of the world's top boy band, One Direction.

Zayn is often known as the Bad Boy of One Direction because of his tattoos. During childhood, Zayn also sported a shaved head and slits in his eyebrows. Why did he do that? "I thought I was properly gangsta, being into R&B and rap, and that it made me look hard." Says Zayn. Today, Zayn has 6 known tattoos including an Arabic phrase, a Chinese symbol, a heart and a Japanese symbol. Zayn Malik's full name is Zain Javadd Malik and his date of birth is 12 January 1993.

One Direction: Harry Styles

Harry Styles posing for Ponystep magazine.
Harry Styles posing for Ponystep magazine. | Source
Harry Styles showing off an impressive beach bod while diving off a luxury yacht. He was wearing brightly colored shorts. Afterwards, he and other band mates cooled down with a few Coronas.
Harry Styles showing off an impressive beach bod while diving off a luxury yacht. He was wearing brightly colored shorts. Afterwards, he and other band mates cooled down with a few Coronas. | Source

With a solid beach body and a brief affair with TV presenter Caroline Flack who was 15 years older to him, Harry Styles has created quite a stir for himself. Born in Worcestershire, England, Harry saw his parents divorcing when he was just 7. That didn't stop him from unleashing the talent inside him as he focused on singing.

In One Direction's book, Harry mentions that he had a few girlfriends 'here and there' when he was quite young. But he didn't find a relationship with substance until he was 12 and he started going out with a girl who he is still in touch with. How adorable!

Harry gained notoriety when he started dating Caroline Flack. Their relationship became the talk of the town as Harry was a massive 15 years younger than Caroline. However like all the other good things in life, their time spent together came to an end. Afterwards, Harry had tweeted on 27 January 2012 "Please know I didn't 'dump' Caroline. This was a mutual decision. She is one of the kindest, sweetest people I know. Please respect that" Harry has also mentioned the fact that he is not shy of nudity. In the book, Harry says "Stripping off is very liberating, I feel so free." Harry Style's real name is Harold Edward Styles and his date of birth is 1 February 1994.

One Direction: Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson posing for Ponystep magazine.
Louis Tomlinson posing for Ponystep magazine. | Source
Party boy Louis Tomlinson sips on a Corona while recently touring Australia with band mates of One Direction.
Party boy Louis Tomlinson sips on a Corona while recently touring Australia with band mates of One Direction. | Source

Born in South Yorkshire, England and brother to 5 sisters, Louis Tomlinson knows what it is to be around girls from a young age. In fact, he has mentioned the fact that his time around his sisters has made him very comfortable around kids. He says "I absolutely love babies and kids and the boys are always taking the mickey out of me for how broody I am." Broody or not, with a quality like that, this lad has the potential to be a loving father and a caring husband. But sorry girls, Louis is presently dating girlfriend Eleanor.

While growing up, Louis was quite the adventurous type as he ventured off to France with a mate and later to Jersey to see a girl he had earlier met at a music festival. He along with his friends organized house parties and had a blast growing up.

As a child, Louis went to an acting school and later had a small role in a drama series on TV. He also took part in musical productions which later led to him auditioning for The X Factor where he was initially rejected. This talented chap can also play the Piano. Louis Tomlinson's real name is Louis William Tomlinson and his date of birth is 24 December 1991.

One Direction: Niall Horan

Niall Horan posing for Ponystep magazine.
Niall Horan posing for Ponystep magazine. | Source
Niall Horan trying Australia's favorite spread Vegemite on a TV show on Channel 7. This was when One Direction was touring Australia.
Niall Horan trying Australia's favorite spread Vegemite on a TV show on Channel 7. This was when One Direction was touring Australia. | Source

Niall Horan was born in Westmeath, Ireland, to parents who divorced when he was just 5. He studied in an all boys school in Westmeath. This young superstar wasn't at the top of the dating game while in high school. Although he mentions that he had his first kiss when he was just 11, he wasn't quite successful dating girls when he was a teenager. With a few failed relationships, Niall is still hopeful of finding someone special. "I’ve still never had a serious girlfriend but I would happily go out with someone if the right girl came along." he says.

Niall seems to be talented and gifted right since childhood as his aunt once thought the radio was playing when Niall was singing in the back seat. He picked up the guitar when he was young and has never looked back. When he first auditioned for The X Factor, the judges weren't all praise for him. Niall received negative feedback from 2 out of 3 judges. Like a few other band mates, he too shone out later and became a part of One Direction. Niall Horan's real name is Niall James Horan and his date of birth is 13 September 1993.

One Direction female fans outside the Channel 7 studio in Sydney, Australia. Security had to be called to control the hundreds of girls who had come to see the boy band.
One Direction female fans outside the Channel 7 studio in Sydney, Australia. Security had to be called to control the hundreds of girls who had come to see the boy band. | Source
One Direction in Melbourne - Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan posing at the Logie Awards.
One Direction in Melbourne - Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan posing at the Logie Awards. | Source

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      harry12 3 years ago

      Love you guys they are best band ever!!!!

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      1Dmad 4 years ago

      Can't explain luv ya

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      jamie.sd 4 years ago

      i would diee just to meet them !!!! those boysss are a legend to mee !!! love u 1D !!!! WAAAAAAW

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      megan tabernor 4 years ago

      i love 1d liam louis harry niall zayn i love you

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      I luv zayn 4 years ago

      I luv Zayn. He is soo sexy I have so many pics of him on my phone he is soooooo hot ILOVE U ZAYN !!!!!! :)

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      NIALL AND ME 4 years ago

      O.M.G. NIALL IS SO HOT!!!!!

      HARRY TOLD NIALL AND ZAYN TO LEAVE THE BAND!!!!! = (

      I ALREADY WENT TO 2 OF ONE DIRECTION'S CONSERTS !!!!!

      I ALSO WENT BACKSTAGE TO MEET THEM !!!!!

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      Mya Thin Kyu 4 years ago

      I love one direction. I like them very much..

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      1D lover 4 years ago

      I love u liam payne and zayne malik because u r sooo freaking hott, i wish i could c u personally because i luv u w/ all my love!!!want 2 kiss u n hug u 2!! Love y'all!!!

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      angel girl;) 4 years ago

      Liam james payne and other 1D singers are hotttt!!!!;)

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      fiona 4 years ago

      I♥U ONE DIRECTION I WISH I COULD SEE ONE DIRECTON PERSONALY

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      Emily 4 years ago

      That was cool

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      Emily 4 years ago

      OMG!!!!

      I just love 1D with all my hart

      Especially Zayn Melak's he is soooo pretty

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      chelsea ariana barusta espana 4 years ago

      omg i love zayn malik i just want him to be my brothere so bad hahahha lol but i have my own family and my own baby sisters and my own baby brothers or my own big sister or my own little sister or also my own big brother or my own little brother sorry for saying that a lot but there are some families that have all of those in there real ass famile but yeah fyi i love zayn malik this is wat i send him a kiss muah muah i love omg why is that because he is famouse every body loves him and i know even big kids or even tenaggers no joke buy yeah why is that that we all love him doooo because he's famouse of corse of because of that

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      bb 4 years ago

      awesome photo of zayn

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      harrylover18 4 years ago

      they're all so cute. if i could ever meet them it would mean the world to me. omg harry is cute shirtless. zayne has the cute accent. louis has a pretty smile. niall is irish and a blonde. harry aslo has wonderful poses.

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      zayn malik 4 years ago

      i love the whole team of one direction and i am the greatest fan of zayn javadd malik and niall james horan

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      Jade M. C. 4 years ago

      I love how everyone's claiming them. :) It's hilarious!! Anyway, I don't have a favorite. I like them all!! They're all so talented!! I want to be a singer and an actress someday. So One Direction... keep singing or DIE!! Haha just kidding :)

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      harrystyles 5 years ago

      Harry is mine

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      perrie 5 years ago

      I love u my baby I hope we can get together and eat at Nados again I love you!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Ashley Malik 5 years ago

      I luv you so freaking much zayne you are so freaking hot with your shirt off y do u need to look so freaking hot !!!!!!!!!! Your the best you are so freaking hotter than HARRY y do u guys love Harry so freaking much hes dating Hannah Lucero sooooooo love Louis or Liam or nial DON'T DATE ZAYNE BECAUSE hes mine so ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Girl 5 years ago

      You crazy nialls mine I love you niall

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      Zara Malik 5 years ago

      Hi zayn I luv u nd ma b'day is on the 11th November 2012 it's gunna ma ma 15th b'day nd guess wat we gave the same initials!!! Can't believe it nd same second name!!! Nd if I have a baby boy am gunna call it zayn then keep ma name malik!! So excited

      Well yh zayn ma b'day us soon!!

      Can't wait I will still luv u no matter wat I'll be there by Ur side sticking up for u luv u don't forget me!!!

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      Perrie 5 years ago

      Hi Zayn I luv u

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      the best directioner of the world 5 years ago

      i whant to kiss you old the time in the morning night old the time and to old the directioners i m the fan #1 you are like the #2 ok one direction i love you sow much and niall to me your theet are sow perfect i can kiss old the time your mouth and theet zayn is not inportant if you smoke to me is good because is the thing that you wont if you like i like harry you sing sow good but in a band domt be only one be in a band liam i love you sow much and i like that you sing first in the songs louis you are sow funny when i see your videos in youtube are sow funny and my mom soyn mariana are you crazy you lafe sow like shrek bit more terrible plis be quiet and i sayd mom its because louis is sow funny okey that's old i love you sow much 1D

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      palestine 5 years ago

      o.m.g ilove you so much you are amazing and funny really you can't imagine how much i love you zayn. liam and other geys really i love you so much and i wich if i can see you and hugs you kiss 4 liam and zayn moooooooah i am your fan #1 in 2012-13 oh my god i can't say how much i love u

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      the bet directioner of the world 5 years ago

      ok you cannot put something wow you really love the fans !!! ????????????????????????

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      the nest directioner of the world 5 years ago

      one direction if you see my message put something because i real wont to think tat you see and you have Live Profile pr face time because i real need to talk to you plisssss soid me i will never sayd to other person

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      the best directioner of the world 5 years ago

      WOW WHATE A MIN GIRLS ONE DIRECTION ONLY IS FOR ME ONLY FOR ME AND ONE DIRECTION MY DREAM IS THAT YOU DO

      TO ME A SONG ME REAL NAME IS MARIANA I LOVE YOU SOW MUCH IM YOUR FAN #1 BUT OF OLD THE WORLD I LOVE YOU EXTREMELY LOVE YOU 1D OOOH I DON'T HAVE OTHER THIMG TO SAID BECAUSE OLD FOR YOU ARE SOY PERFECT AND MY FAVORIT FOOD IS THE PIZZA AND THE TACOS JAJAJ PLISSS DO MY DREAM TOE REAL PLISSS IM A FAN AND YOU LOVE THE FANS PLISSS DOOO !!! OK I WILL GO TO LISTEN HIS SONGS GOODBYE PLISSS DO MY DREAM REAL MY BIRHAY IS IN JAN 16 plisssssssss ONE DIRECTION IS OLD I WONT AND LIVE WHIT YOU OF 1month BUT THAT CANNOT BE OKEY I LOVE YOU SOW SOW SOW EXTREMLY LOVE YOU AND IN MY B-D YOU CAN STAY IN MY HAUSE 1 monthe OR ME WHIT YOU PLISSSSSS DO MY DREAM PLissss I LOVE TO BE A DIRECTIONER AND I HEAT THE DIRECTORERS THEY ARE STUPID THE DIRECTORERS DON'T KNOW EHAT IS THE PEOPLE BEAUTYFUL AND FANTASTIC LIKE YOU I LOVE LOVE YOU SOW MUCH GOOD BYE PLISSS DO ME DREAM !!! posdata : I LOVE THE WAY YOU ARE NIALL YOUR TEETH ARE NOT

      INPPRTANT THE THING THAT IS INPORTANT IS TO BE LIKE YOU ARE OR YOU WANT AND THE SAME TO HARRY LOUIS LIAM AND ZAYN AND I HAVE A BAND OF TURTLES OND ARE MY REPTIL DIRECTION AND MY DOG IS

      THE FAN OK GOOD BYE DOD NIGHT I LOVE YOU 1D YOU HAVE OLD MY HARD AND REMEMBER DO MY DREAM PLISS AND IM

      YOUR FAN #1 in the 2010 I SEE YOU AND I LOVE YOU

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      gaby styles 5 years ago

      hey harry ugh... i love u YOUR THE CUTEST GUY EVER! idk what my life would be like w/ out one direction! ur music inspires me every day! can't thank you guys enough love always can't wait 4 july 2013 going 2 you concert hugs and KISSES

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      Suvitar 5 years ago

      I wish i could meet one direction .

      They are awesome.

      They are the best.

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      Suvitar 5 years ago

      I type one direction is the best band in the whole world

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      alyssa 5 years ago

      omg they are so perfect and sexy i really want to meet them so bad :) 3love u boys

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      One direction the best band ever 5 years ago

      One direction is the best band in the whole world

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      3eqj6rjmuut 5 years ago

      OMG

      Zain Malik is soooo fit

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      samantha garcia 5 years ago

      Zayn is the sexy one he smokes and has tattoos but do u think i care he is mine like foreva

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      TiaLoves1D 5 years ago

      Omehgush Melting... Louis I love you.. I kinda wish you didn't have a girlfreind D: But Ohwell..

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      allie 5 years ago

      OM1D I LUV 1D SOOO MUCH EXSPECIALLY NIALLER I LOVE HIM SOO MUCH HE IS BEAUTIFUL AND IF NIALLER WASN'T IN THIS I WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO

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      Mrs.malik 5 years ago

      One direction is amayzin obviously couse zayn is in it lol man i really want to meat them in person

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      Mrs. malik 5 years ago

      I love zayn so so soooo much he is so hot:-)

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      Shyanna 5 years ago

      Zayn is mine alllllllllll minnnne he's cute and bad he's my bf and husband were having 2kids together !!!!!!!!

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      angle 5 years ago

      herry is mine . he is sooooooooooo cute . his my bf

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      CHAAAAAAAAAAR 5 years ago

      ZAYN MLIK IS MY HUSBAND FOREVER MANNN! XX

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      rebecca 5 years ago

      OMG!! THIS MADE MY NIGHT.I LOVEEEEE ONE DIRECTION. OMG!!

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      Rachel 5 years ago

      I love u Liam James Payne every single day ever since preschool I got bullied and I still one direction is what makes me through this I wish I could se you and talk to you just once!!!!!!!

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      ericka marasigan 5 years ago

      I love u

      Niall Horan

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      mrs.righ 5 years ago

      harry is my yess he is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1D

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      mrs.styles 5 years ago

      i absolutely loveeee harry edward millward styles

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      Nialler 5 years ago

      Niall Horan is taken by me

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      1D MARI loves 1D 5 years ago

      plz one direction come to my birtday in june 24 illinois in round lake beach would u plz plz plz plz come to my birthday i love you guys so much big fan #1 i will love 4ever

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      mari 5 years ago

      i love one direction well hy guys i wantd that u guys to come to my birthey in june 24 i live in round lake beach ilinois chicago plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz come

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      ciana 5 years ago

      HARRY U LOOK CUTE I NO AM A LITTIE GIRL BUT U ARE SO CUTE

      U ARE SHIRT LESS U KISS ME MY NAME IS CIANA I LOVE U HARRY

      XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXXXXOOOXXXOOOXXXOOOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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      Angel loveless 5 years ago

      I love all of u

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      1D LOVERS 5 years ago

      THAT IS SO NOT TRUE ABOUT JB IT WAS ONLY A JWK

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      1D LOVERS 5 years ago

      I AGREE WIV SUMAYA LOVES 1D AND 1DXxDIRECTIONERXx1D

      JB IS HOT AND CUTE AND PENG AND FIT AS well

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      sumaya loves 1D 5 years ago

      THAT IS SOO TRUE

      BTW, I LUVVV ZAAYYNN

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      1DXxDIRECTIONERXx1D 5 years ago

      I LOVE 1D IF YOUR A HATER Y U HERE GO SHOVE YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS UP YOUR ASS! ADD LET TRUE D I R E C T I O N E R S HANDLE THE LOVING LIKE IF THIS IS TRUE!!!ADD 1D IS VERY TALENTED HOW DID THEY GET TO THE X FACTOR? BECAUSE THERE SO GODDAM FREAKING GOOD! ADD HOT! LIKE IF THIS ALSO TRUE ALWAYS LIVE 1D

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      ehm 5 years ago

      O.M.G Niall Horan and Harry Harr are very sexy

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      nialllover 5 years ago

      one direction is so hot especially niall and harry i love them if i could i would be there bffs

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      ehm 5 years ago

      :D iloveyou

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      ❤One❤Direction❤ 5 years ago

      The one direction band members have an ammmmmmaaaazzzzzing voices.???? I l?ve all the songs on the album????????????

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      Alyssa 5 years ago

      I love one direction!!!!!!

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      LIAM PAYNE 5 years ago

      JAJA MARIA VICTIORIA BOY FRIEND LIAM PAYNE MARIA VICTORIA

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      LIAM PAYNE 5 years ago

      BOY FRIEND LIAM PAYNE MARIA VICTORIA

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      LIAM PAYNE 5 years ago

      BOYFRIEND LIAM PAYNE MARIA VICTORIA

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      Jal'ynn 5 years ago

      Hey one direction I love you Harry and Liam you guys are they best can you date

      Me now I need someone and go lakeside Christian school aka LCS go my school for 3 years

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      mrs.styles 5 years ago

      i absolutely loveeee harry edward millward styles

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      MrsOneDirection 5 years ago

      I HONESTLY LOVE YOU ONE DORECTION. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

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      harry lovers 5 years ago

      i love harry and also one direction

      i want 2 see them personally

      oh my gosh.......hahaha..!!

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      i love harry styles xx 5 years ago

      O.M.G. i love one direction harry is so S.E.X.Y.

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      ILoveNiallHoran 5 years ago

      i love niall so much i've never met (sp?) him but(this is gonna sound cheesy) when i look at pictures of him i know hes incescure(sp?) but i can already tell he's really sweet and caring

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      caitlyn 5 years ago

      oh my god..it's niall...not "naill" or "nail"...

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      lacy 5 years ago

      harry styles + that pic = FIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      sierra 5 years ago

      yall r so cut and i love u zayn :)

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      True_Directioner 5 years ago

      1D is my world and evrything in it! Haha they're so hot

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      Luisa 5 years ago

      I worship the One Direction!! They are all my LIFE!!!!!!!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      The troubles of youth are long gone for these successful young men. What a dramatic change in their lives! Voted up.