Louis Tomlinson opens up about Zayn Malik’s departure; ‘It was hard, he wasn’t happy.’

The band also talked about their plans

One Direction

by Ellen Kerry |
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They’ve recently played their last gig (for the time being) and will break for a while to have time off but, at the moment, One Direction are still very much in the news. This is partly thanks to the rollercoaster year they’ve just had. And also a lot because we’re still interested in what they’ve got to say.

In an interview with Sunday Times Style magazine the band opened up what life is like being in the world’s biggest boy bands as well as talking ex-bandmates, future plans and, erm, beards.

When asked how it felt when Zayn walked away from the band, Louis Tomlinson said, “It was hard. I think maybe for me the most. But he wanted to be happy and he wasn’t. Everything had always been good and then something bad happens and you have to make decisions, you have to work out what you want, and it makes you really know what you want, and we all knew we wanted this.”

According to Louis, Zayn’s departure was made slightly easier because it happened BEFORE they made their last album.

“The good thing was he left just before we made the album. It was like, ‘Right, let’s make it the best album.’ So we worked our backsides off because we wanted to show we are a band, we’re here, this is what we do.”

Liam Payne spoke about the band’s planned break saying, “It’s not a split. We’re not going anywhere. In five years we’ve done four tours, five albums, we’ve done films,” admitting he hasn’t even seen the films because “we are always running for the next thing.”

According to Payne, the boys just wanted “a little break. I don’t know if anyone’s noticed but Katy Perry hasn’t done anything for a year…”

Niall Horan also revealed his big break-time plans..

“…become mad, old recluses, then come back again with giant beards. That’s the plan.”

Sounds awesome.

Check out Harry Styles' Hair History


Harry Styles' hairiest moments

The X Factor curls1 of 21

The X Factor curls

Hazza had a full head of curls when he first rose to fame on The X Factor

Wind hazard2 of 21

Wind hazard

It doesn't seem to cope too well with the wind...

The Styles comb over3 of 21

The Styles comb over

He's definitely not going bald but he is a fan of the comb over

Wigging out4 of 21

Wigging out

Technically not his actual hair but it is LOLZ

Rock 'n' roll5 of 21

Rock 'n' roll

Looking quite the rock star, Hazza!

Hats a good look6 of 21

Hats a good look

Sometimes his hair's so wild he has to tame it with a, er, hat

Slick!7 of 21


It didn't take long for the One Direction star to grow his hair out after his X Factor days

Getting longer...8 of 21

Getting longer...

As Harry grows, so does his hair

The mega-parting9 of 21

The mega-parting

Harry's hair up close really is something - check out that parting!

The swoosh?10 of 21

The swoosh?

We're not quite sure what to call this look but his hair is kind of swooshed back. Doesn't he look cute with his little flower?

The swoosh curl11 of 21

The swoosh curl

A bit like the swoosh but with extra curl for extra volume

Super long12 of 21

Super long

Harry eventually grew his curls out and is loving his mega-long hair

Luscious13 of 21


Maybe one day his luscious long locks will go as far down as that opening in his shirt

Safety first14 of 21

Safety first

Is Hazza's hair now so long he has to wear glasses to keep it out his eyes?

Tied back15 of 21

Tied back

It's so long he sometimes has to tie it back with a bandana

Totes a pro16 of 21

Totes a pro

The bandana is particularly useful for when he needs to keep it out of his face on stage

Covering it up17 of 21

Covering it up

If Harry's having a particularly bad hair day, which we doubt is ever true, he can just plonk a hat on his head

The man bun18 of 21

The man bun

Quick, simple, easy

Keeping it casual19 of 21

Keeping it casual

When Harry wants to stay relaxed for meeting fans, he can just tie it back

Keeping it under control20 of 21

Keeping it under control

But being the savvy, hairy guy he is, Harry knows when to get a bit of a trim

It goes with anything21 of 21

It goes with anything

When Harry went to the British Fashion Awards he proved his long hair can even look smart

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