One Direction was formed in 2010 when Niall Horan, Zayn Malk, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson entered auditions as solo candidates for series seven of The X Factor.
After failing to progress to the 'Boys' category they were put together as a boy band at Wembley Arena to qualify for the 'Groups'. Harry Styles came up with the name One Direction.
The band were Simon Cowell's last remaining act in the competition and subsequently came in at third place.
One Direction were then signed by Cowell to Syco Records for a reported £2 million. Recording for their début album began in January 2011.
'What Makes You Beautiful', the band’s first official single, made it to number one in the UK Singles Chart in September 2011.
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
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'I'm so jealous of everyone that meets One Direction. Then again if I met Harry I would hyperventilate, suffocate and die so...' - @m_a_g_z_i_e
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'If I ever received a tweet from anyone in One Direction I'd literally die on the spot and I want my obituary and tombstone to blame them.' - @aurosan
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'When I die, I want the One Direction 'Talk Dirty to Me' video displayed at my funeral, on a screen projected over my casket, playing non stop, thank you.' - @zaynlikespayne
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'I cannot speak I want to write the word 'love' everywhere and tell everyone I love One Direction more than anything ever.' - @sneezeharrys
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'I'm in the 'I'm gonna die alone with 8 cats and my posters of One Direction don't breath near me or I'll punch you' mood.' - @nouisteenagers
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'HARRY. YOU ARE NOT A GOD DAMN MAN WHORE. YOU ARE A CUPCAKE. JESUS.' - @daddyslittlelou
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When 1D were on the cover of GQ magazine: 'The GQ pictures make me want to stab myself in the uterus!' - @ziallsafari
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'I hope that I die before any of the boys in One Direction does cause I will not be able to even move if they go before I do.' - @pokeniall
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Another GQ response read: 'Holy. C**p. The boys on the cover of GQ magazine. Someone shoot me. Push me off a cliff. Stab me!' - @wafaastalks
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'Person: Why do you love One Direction? Me: Why do you breathe? Person: If I didn't I'd die. Me: Exactly.' - @idrugsharry
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'Don't hate on Louis you f**king a******s or I will shove bleach into your a******s and pull out your eyes with a spork.' - @fxkinlouis
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'When are you in public and a One Direction song comes on and your kidneys rupture and then you die.' - @harryhasbooty
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'If One Direction were falling off a cliff and I could only save one then I'd shoot myself so we could all die and meet in heaven' - @austinrahone
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''One Direction is goin' to be the next to break up'. If you don't shut up I will break your neck and pray for you to die.' - @bubblegumniall
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'My friend doesn't like One Direction and I told her that if she said something rude on Twitter she would die.' - @flashing1D
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'Do you ever feel like you want to scream and cry and laugh and smile and die because of One Direction. Because same.' - @chenloves1d
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'When Niall cuddles someone or something and his cheeks do the thing I die.' - @daintyiero
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'My parents always say 'They're gonna die down' and 'You'll grow out of them'. No f**k you I'm getting One Direction tattooed across my face.' - @calumshoran
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'Dear One Direction, you stole my heart but that's okay. I like my boys like I like my tea - hot and British with some Irish creme.' - @torii_rakusx
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'Imagine Niall barging into the church and saying 'I OBJECT' to your marriage because he loves you.' - @niamhabitat
The two subsequent singles, 'Gotta Be You' and 'One Thing', peaked in the UK Singles top ten, and One Direction’s second album Take Me Home was released in November 2012.
A stadium tour began in April 2014, along with the announcement of the band's third album, Four.
Departure of Zayn Malik
On 25 March 2015 following considerable speculation from fans and the media, the band released a statement saying that Zayn Malik was leaving the group, and that the remaining members would continue as a four-piece.Reuse content