One Direction Reunion: Will They Return After the Break?

One Direction Reunion: Will They Return After the Break?

In March of this year, Zayn Malik left One Direction. Members leaving boy bands is no new thing--Who could forget the ocean-sized tears shed when Justin Timberlake went solo? But One Direction is not like *NSYNC. They're not like other boy bands at all, really. They're bigger, and in many ways, they're better. And they'll have the legacy to prove it.

Even still, Malik left. At first, to "become a normal 22 year old," which later was revealed to mean that he didn't want to leave the music world, just 1D's--he wanted to do something more mature, more him. It symbolized something modern in the way 1D operates: The guys have agency, both as artists and as people. If Simon Cowell is the Lou Pearlman in this story, he knows better than to coddle the band; the boys need to be happy, or the quality dips. 

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