Liam Payne hints at One Direction reunion, suggests Zayn Malik won’t take part

UPDATE: April 20, 12:10 p.m. — During an Instagram Live stream on Monday afternoon, Niall Horan invited Liam Payne for a quick chat.

Though neither of the two former One Direction band members made mention of the band’s rumoured reunion, many excited fans took it as a hint suggesting that an announcement could be imminent.


Liam Payne has once again dropped hints that One Direction, the much-beloved British boy band, will reunite this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary, however, this time around, he’s suggested that former bandmate Zayn Malik might not be included.

During an Instagram Live video chat with Alesso, the Swedish DJ, on Sunday, Payne, 26, admitted that he had been video chatting with his former bandmate Niall Horan in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, before revealing “most of” the group was in London.

“We’ve been trying to arrange the first group FaceTime,” said Payne of the band, before mentioning Malik — who left One Direction in 2015. “You can come and fill in for Zayn. Join the band,” he joked, suggesting Alesso, 28, should take his place.

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Ten months after leaving One Direction, Malik, 27, claimed that he “never really wanted to be in the band” during an interview with Zane Lowe in 2016 — the same month that the band announced its “indefinite hiatus.”

The rumours first began circulation back in January when the One Direction website was updated.

Furthermore, some eagle-eyed fans noticed that all four members, including Harry Styles, had followed not only Malik’s Twitter account, but the official One Direction account too. Malik, on the other hand, has not yet returned the gesture.

As of this writing, there has been no confirmation of any One Direction reunion.

Malik has not yet addressed the rumours.

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