Are One Direction members still friends? Why did they split up?

ONE DIRECTION is technically still on hiatus after breaking up some time ago - but are they still friends?

PUBLISHED: 09:49, Wed, Sep 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:49, Wed, Sep 16, 2020

One Direction was made up of five young lads who met on The X Factor: Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan. The boys were thrust together by the show’s producers, and while their incredible run of music did them well for a time, it did not last for very long. They have been working separately for some time, with reports of arguments plaguing them – but are they still friends?

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One Direction came third in The X Factor, proving their talent as a band with every round.

The boys went on to conquer the world with their music, sparking a Beatlesmania-style reaction in their female fans.

However, it was not to last long, as Zayn left the band in 2015 after a difficult period.

Despite 1D having earned millions of followers and a number of hit songs, Zayn chose to go solo with his own work, while the foursome carried on.

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One Direction - are they still friends?One Direction - are they still friends? (Image: Getty)

One Direction in their X Factor daysOne Direction in their X Factor days (Image: Getty)

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This was only until 2016, however, when the boys declared they were going on an indefinite hiatus, and each singer has now released solo material to differing levels of success.

In terms of why the band broke up, there has been a number of reasons suggested, with many focusing on how the boys wanted to go off and do their own work.

As they started out as individuals on The X Factor, perhaps their goal was, after reaching stardom as a band, to go their own ways afterwards.

As for Zayn's departure, some, including Liam himself, suggested he left due to struggles performing in front of large audiences, which he has opened up on himself since

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