It has been a tough year for the One Direction fans this year, who were distraught to learn that Zayn Malik was quitting the band earlier this year, followed by the news that the rest of the band, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, were going to take a break in 2016. However, it has not exactly been easy on the boys themselves.
Louis Tomlinson has now opened up about what a tough year it has been for One Direction, admitting that Zayn Malik leaving the band hit him harder than the other three boys. Fortunately though, the timing was perfect as they were ready to dive right into a new album, which could help to take their minds off it all.
Tomlinson explained, "It was hard. I think maybe for me the most. But he wanted to be happy and he wasn't. Everything had always been good and then something bad happens and you have to make decisions, you have to work out what you want and it makes you really know what you want. We all knew we wanted this."
He then went on to add, "The good thing was, he left just before we made the album. It was like, ‘Right, let's make it the best album.’ So we worked our backsides off because we want to show we are a band, we're here and this is what we do."
Despite the difficult year they have had, One Direction are still the biggest boyband on the planet and we expect they will be for many more years to come.