Pop icon and former “One Direction” member Liam Payne joined the boys on the “Impaulsive” podcast and revealed why their pop band broke up. Not just this, he also revealed extensive details about the band, including the craziest guy, fights over women, ex-wife Cheryl, calling out Gigi Hadid and Zayn, fighting Justin Bieber and much more!
Why Did One Direction Break Up?
One Direction has been described as sparking a resurgence in the interest in boy bands as well as forming part of a new “British Invasion” (along with acts like Adele) in the United States.
Pop icon Liam Payne has finally answered some long-standing questions regarding the famous band “One Direction”, which comprised Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik. Well, Zayne first left the group in March 2015.
On an episode of Logan Paul’s “Impaulsive” Podcast and joined the boys for a heart-to-heart conversation. Liam revealed that while the overnight international fame was a lot to handle, Liam also found getting to know his new bandmates difficult.
He admitted he wasn’t used to ‘rowdy guys’ and didn’t have many friends, preferring to spend time with his dad. When asked who in the band was ‘rowdy,’ Liam said: “Louis was wild. He wanted to be wild. He’s got this spirit.” He added that Louis is his ‘best mate now’, but claimed that they hated each other. He said, “Like, to come to blows hate each other, it was close.”
Liam’s Beef with An Unnamed Member
Later in the interview, Liam spoke further about life in One Direction and was asked pointedly if he and the other members had ever ‘actually come to blows.’ Liam said, “We came very close at points. There was one moment where there was an argument backstage and one member, in particular, threw me up a wall.”
Liam revealed how he tackled the situation. He said, “If you don’t remove those hands there’s a high likelihood you’ll never use them again.” He added that the unnamed member then ‘took his hands off.’
Liam’s Rivalry with Zayn Malik
Liam Payne also opened up about his experiences with Zayn Malik. The 28-year-old singer revealed on a podcast and spoke about his former One Direction bandmate, who exited the group in 2015, a year before the boy band’s indefinite hiatus. Liam stated that “There are many reasons why I dislike Zayn and there are many reasons why I’ll always, always be on his side.”
Liam said on the podcast, “If I had had to go through what he went through — with his growth and whatever else… My parents are overly supportive to the point where it’s annoying at times. Zayn had a different upbringing in that sense.”
He added, “You can always look at the man for where he is and say, ‘Oh yeah, whatever, that guy’s a d**k,'” he continued. “But at the end of the day, once you’re understanding what he’s been through to get to that point — and also whether or not he wanted to be there.”
Liam added that he is “so misunderstood,” so he “can’t sit here and d**k on [Zayn] because of whatever.” Liam said, “Listen, I don’t agree with any of his actions. I can’t commend some of the things that he’s done. I can’t be on his side for that.” He also said, “What I can say is I understand and your only hope is that at some point in their life, the person at the other end of the phone wants to receive the help that you’re willing to give them.”
Rewinding Back In Time
For those who forgot, the group was put together by Simon Cowell on July 23, 2010, after they all auditioned on The X Factor as solo artists. They went on to release five epic albums together, embark on numerous sold-out world tours, break tons of records, win so many awards and much more.
Liam’s time in One Direction came to an end in 2016, when the pop band took an extended hiatus after six years together. If you remember, in 2015, “One Direction” shocked the world when they announced that they were taking an indefinite hiatus.
At the time, sources revealed that the reason One Direction had split was that they were “exhausted and wanted solo careers.” It came out that “They are taking a hiatus so they can work on individual projects for a while.” Liam, however, released that his time in the band was extremely toxic. He stated:
“I was drinking too much and getting into really bad, bad situations for quite some time actually. And I hit a peak moment where I knew the drinking was going to get me. I needed to do something about it. I spent a lot of time drinking to escape the crazy world that I had created for myself. I didn’t know what I was doing. That first therapy session and being like, I don’t even know what I like or anything about myself,’ it was pretty scary stuff.
I was afraid of how far my career was going and that it might go even further. You can say, ‘Who is afraid of success?’ But that’s what it entails sometimes. Success has got the better of me on more than one occasion. When I am losing I tend to concentrate more.”
Now, after so many years, Liam has finally opened up about what happened backstage. He spoke at length about calling out Gigi Hadid and Zayn, fights over women, fighting Justin Bieber and much more. As of 2020, the band have sold a total of 70 million records worldwide. And as Liam said, there can be no other band like them. What do you think?