Liam Payne confirms reconnecting with former One Direction bandmates in the middle of quarantine, according to an Instagram Live conversation with Swiss DJ Alesso, April 19.
In the online conversation between the "Midnight" collaborators, Payne said that all members of One Direction - Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson - have kept in touch from their respective places in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic through video chatting.
"I did speak to Niall again on FaceTime today," Liam said, explaining that Horan is also in London as most members of 1D are. He added that they've "been trying to arrange the first group FaceTime at the moment."
The "Strip That Down" artist then quipped about Alesso coming to "fill in for Zayn, join the band."
Liam Payne also shared that they have a group chat together, but expressed that he can't disclose too many details about the upcoming reunion. Payne said, "Louis told me off for revealing a bit of our plans the other day," adding that fan interest in additional details would have the other members telling him off on their group chat.
Alesso started the IG Live interview by expressing gratitude to the support they had for his latest track with Payne. He made small talk about the things they do in the middle of quarantine, such as playing Fortnite and Call of Duty and answering a variety of fan questions.
Brewing a 10th Anniversary Reunion
In a recent interview with The Sun, Payne has revealed that he and his bandmates Styles, Horan, and Tomlinson are planning to reunite to commemorate the milestone.
In support of the "Midnight" release. Alesso and Payne had an interview with the British publication where the former 1D member confirmed that they have "a tenth anniversary coming up" and that they've "been speaking together a lot over the last few weeks." Payne noted that it was interesting to see old things they have not seen for a long time. He also confessed not to be sure about which details he can share.
Unfortunately, he didn't confirm if Zayn Malik, who first left the group in 2015, will be joining the reunion.
From The X Factor to a Hiatus
The English-Irish boy band started as solo auditionees in season seven of "The X Factor." While they failed in the boys' category, they were grouped and continued in the competition as a boy band. The group ended third and later signed under Syco Records, Simon Cowell's record label. They have released four albums together as a five-person group - "Up All Night" in 2011, "Take Me Home" in 2012, "Midnight Memories" in 2013, and "Four" in 2014.
On March 25, 2015, the band issued a press statement confirming Malik's departure. The "Pillowtalk" singer explained that while his life with the group "has been more than [he] could ever have imagined," he felt that it was the right time to leave. Both the band and Cowell have expressed support for Malik's decision.
The remaining members of 1D released their fifth album "Made in the A.M," which contained the hit single "Drag Me Down." After a performance in "The X Factor" on December 13, 2015, the group went on a hiatus, with each member signing contracts and launching their respective solo careers.