The Rise of Louis Tomlinson: How He Became One Direction's Standout

The Rise of Louis Tomlinson: How He Became One Direction's Standout

Zayn Malik left One Direction eight months ago, but at this point, his departure feels like it happened an eternity ago. That illusion of vastness reflects 1D's career arch as a whole: Time moves quickly because so much is packed into each calendar year. They've been a band for five years now, but it's nearly impossible for fans of the band to think of a time they didn't exist. It goes without saying: 1D are the kind of group it's hard to be a casual fan of. You're either all in, or you don't touch the stuff.

That intensity breeds community. Girls and boys (in this case, girls) come together for their love of something in a way that feels democratic. They love the band not just for their songs, but as a movement on the whole.

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