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2 March 2020, 12:45 | Updated: 18 August 2022, 15:51
Are One Direction getting back together this year? 1D fans are more convinced then ever that Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson will reunite but why? Here's the evidence...
We don't want to get our hopes up too much but there's been a lot of evidence of late suggesting the boys, and probably not Zayn Malik unfortunately, could be getting back together for a much anticipated reunion.
As 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the boys being put together on The X Factor, fans are hopeful now more than ever that this year will see their big return.
So, are One Direction getting back together? And will they reunite in 2020? Here's all the evidence and theories...
Look, we're not saying it isn't happening in 2020, but the lads have some seriously hectic schedules lined up this year, including Harry Styles' solo tour, and we're going to drive ourselves slightly loopy if we continue visiting their website and believing the message they'll 'be back soon'.
In the words of this one fan, let's not clown ourselves.
the clowning to one direction in 2020 starter pack pic.twitter.com/tx8mtLziJp— kenz ◟̽◞̽ hugged louis (@canyonmoonlwt) January 6, 2020
However, hope is not lost, there is a light at the end of the tunnel because tours end guys – who is to say what could happen next?!
Liam himself admitted at the end of 2019 on Sunday Brunch a reunion was 'at least two years away', which is the closest to a number we have had from any member of the band, acknowledging promotional and tour cycles will be taking their time up until then.
Most of the One Direction lads were brought back together by Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's boxing match in Las Vegas in February – however they watched the event separately.
According to The Mirror, Zayn posted a picture on Instagram from his ring-side seat, writing in the caption: "Proud to be a Brit... what a fight...incredible night."
Meanwhile, Liam performed at the after-party for Tyson, tweeting later on in the evening: "This was such a crazy night!"
Louis also tweeted during the match: "Wow. What a performance from Tyson Fury. Incredible."
Niall too took to social media, writing: "That’s THE best boxing performance at heavyweight we’ll see for YEARS."
Liam, as quoted in a Tumblr post, apparently said during a promotional event for 'LP1' that the boys have an anniversary project in the works – and we're all hoping it's to mark their 10 years.
When asked about a specific gig he and the boys performed at, Liam apparently said: "It’s hard for me to remember specific gigs because it was a blur of planes and sound checks and screams.”
It was then he mentioned the project, adding: “I think we filmed that show and it will be part of a documentary around an anniversary.”
Louis Tomlinson has always been an ardent support of the band getting back together and says it wouldn't be fair on the fans if they never reunited.
He told Vanity Fair Italia: "We haven't started talking about it yet, but the truth is that it would be wrong not to meet even one day, it would be wrong for fans too. The problem is to say when. We are all engaged in our careers."
"Of course I miss it so much. Like all of those who have been part of that period. We lived on a roller coaster and it was wonderful."
"We have traveled the world. We got on all the stages. I miss it and when I think back I feel only pride."
Liam Payne told us at the 2018 Jingle Bell Ball he and the boys are still super close, despite not being in the band anymore.
He revealed he and Niall spent four hours on FaceTime to each other when they were deliriously jet lagged over the festive period – which we honestly would have loved to watch.
Think it’s pretty special the way the @CapitalOfficial best fans top 5 landed thanks to everyone who voted still number one after all this time— Liam (@LiamPayne) March 29, 2019
Niall Horan, who is now working on his second album, spoke about how much he misses being in the band and being around his BFFs all the time on the podcast George Ezra & Friends.
"We had enough time to get to know each other. Being in The X Factor house we were living in the same room, all five of us, two bunk beds and a single bed and we were in there with each other for 10 weeks."
"It was like being at school but we just happened to go on national TV on Saturday nights. It was a bit strange. We got on really well. When you look left and right onstage you know that you're with your mates."
As we know, Zayn left 1D in 2015 and has only mentioned the band on rare occasions, the same goes for Harry Styles too, who has not mentioned the boys much since pursuing solo ventures, but is technically still a part of the band.
There's definitely hope for a reunion with plenty of the 1D boys up for one, but as for a date, it remains very much illusive.
Watch this space.