The rumoured 10th-anniversary One Direction reunion has been confirmed by Liam Payne.
On Sunday, Payne was on Instagram Live with Swedish DJ Alesso, with whom he just released his new single “Midnight”, and fans had lots of questions.
“Oh my God, dude… there’s so many One Direction questions,” Alesso revealed during the feed. “But I feel like I don’t want to put you on the spot because I know you can’t say too much.”
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Payne explained that “most of us are in London, we’ve been trying to arrange the first group FaceTime with the boys at the moment.”
He added, “I can’t say too much. Louis told me off for revealing a bit of our plans the other day, so you’re going to have the group chat telling me off.”
“Oooh, wow, the whole world is about to explode,” Alesso replied.
Payne then seemed to shut down the reports that even Zayn Malik could be joining after Payne, Louis, Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and the official One Direction account followed Malik again on social media.
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“You can come in and fill in for Zayn and join the band,” Payne quipped.
Following up on the hype of a reunion, Payne and Horan had an Instagram Live conversation the next day and spoke of trying to include Tomlinson but tech issues got in the way.
“Our 3-way FaceTime went really well,” Payne joked.
“I mean, it’s so funny. We can never get anyone together even though we’re all doing nothing,” a shirtless Horan added. “Even though I know for a fact Louis’ just sitting home smoking cigarettes and drinking beers. I was doing the same yesterday.”
Payne first sparked rumours of the July 23 anniversary when speaking with the Sun, “We’ve got a 10-year anniversary coming up so we’ve all been speaking together a lot over the last few weeks, which has been really nice,” he shared. “You hear a lot of people’s voices and seeing old content and different things that we haven’t seen for a long time or never seen before, it’s very interesting.”
The reunion would be the first time that the group are back together after going on hiatus in 2016.