One Direction Members
Niall James Horan (born 3 September 1993 in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland) was born to mother Maura and father Bobby, he has an older brother, Greg, 23, their parents divorced when he was five. He was a pupil at Coláiste Mhuire, a boys’ Christian Brothers school. Prior to participating in X-Factor, he performed around his homeland, including as a support act for Lloyd Daniels inDublin. Horan has been playing guitar since childhood. In an interview he referred to his guitar as “the best present I ever received for Christmas”. Horan revealed his parents took note of his singing during a car trip, “my aunt said she thought the radio was on. Exactly the same thing happened to Michael Bublé with his dad. He’s my absolute hero so I like the fact we have a similar story.” In 2010, he auditioned as solo candidate for the seventh series of The X Factor, performing “So Sick”, receiving mixed comments from the judges present at his audition, with Louis Walsh in his favour. Two other judges voiced doubts about his abilities, with three votes out of four he was sent to bootcamp where he sang “Champagne Supernova”, failing to qualify for the “Boys” category he was put in One Direction.
Zain Jawadd Malik (born 12 January 1993, in St. Luke’s Hospital), better known as Zayn Malik, is from West Lane, Baildon, Bradford, England. Born to an English mother Tricia, and British Pakistani father Yaser, he has three sisters Doniya, Waliyha and Safaa. He grew up in East Bowling, located south of the Bradford city centre. Malik was a pupil at Lower Fields Primary School in East Bowling and went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school. He stated that as a child “I was a bit of a handful when I was a kid because I was quite hyperactive. Even in the house my mum used to put me in my pram because I was so full-on.” Malik didn’t fit in at his first two schools due to his heritage, revealing that when he and his sister moved schools he felt he fitted in better. In 2010, Malik auditioned as solo candidate for the seventh series of The X Factor. His audition was initially not broadcast, but was shown after the series ended on companion show The Xtra Factor. Malik was noted for becoming nervous in bootcamp, and when he was told he had to dance, he decided to remain backstage, effectively running the risk of elimination. Cowell noticed Malik missing from the dance routine and went backstage and convinced him to return. At bootcamp Malik failed to qualify for the “Boys” category and was put in One Direction. Malik dated fellow X Factor contestant, Rebecca Ferguson, which caused controversy because of the six year age difference. The relationship ended after 4 months together. In November 2011, Ferguson stated the following in an interview: “Me and Zayn just grew apart. I wish him all the best.” Malik has four tattoos, his grandfather’s name in Arabic on his chest, a Yin Yang sign on his left wrist, a symbol on his stomach and a peace sign on his right arm.
Liam James Payne (born 29 August 1993), is from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England, born three weeks early to mother Karen and father Geoff, he has two older sisters, Ruth and Nicola. Until the age of four Payne had regular tests done in hospital, doctors noticed one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional, to help cope with the pain he had 32 injections in his arm in the morning and evening as a child. He described himself as a “naughty boy at school”, at school he tried for teams, eventually trying out for the cross-country team, coming first “From then on I was training all the time and getting up at 6am to run for miles. At the age of 12 they put me in the school’s under-18s team.” Payne was bullied in school and took up boxing lessons, saying he “needed to find a way to defend myself, I was, at 12 years old, fighting the 38-year-old trainer. I broke my ose, had a perforated eardrum and I was always coming home with a bruised, puffy face. But it gave me confidence. I got pretty good over the next couple of years.” He was a music technology student at City of Wolverhampton College. Payne had auditioned in 2008 to The X Factor‘s fifth series when he was 14 and reached judges’ houses, however, Simon Cowell thought he was not ready for the competition and asked him to come back in two years. Payne came back and auditioned again singing “Cry Me a River”, receiving a standing ovation from the audience and Simon Cowell. At bootcamp, he sang “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” before being rejected and put into One Direction. Regarding his one functional kidney Payne said, “I have to be careful not to drink too much, even water, and I have to keep myself as healthy as possible.” Payne is currently in a relationship with dancer, Danielle Peazer.
Harold Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994, in Evesham, Worcestershire) better known as Harry Styles, is from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England and a former pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, a state comprehensive school. Born to mother Anne and father Des, he has an older sister, Gemma, he was seven when their parents divorced; his mother later remarried to Robin Twist. As a child he loved singing, noting Elvis Presley as one of his influences. Styles was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo with band members lead guitarist Haydn Morris, bass guitarist Nick Clough and drummer Will Sweeny. He auditioned on X-Factor with “Isn’t She Lovely”, receiving positive comments from two of the three judges, with Louis Walsh having doubts on whether he was ready to progress in the competition. At bootcamp, he sang “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” before being rejected and put into One Direction. He currently resides with band member Louis Tomlinson in North London. Styles briefly dated Caroline Flack, which caused widespread media controversy over their fifteen year age gap. Following the breakup at a 2012 BRIT Awards after party, Styles said “I’m through with older women”.
Louis William Tomlinson (born 24 December 1991) is from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, born to mother Johanna and father Mark he has four younger sisters: Charlotte, Félicité, and twins Daisy and Phoebe, their parents separated in 2011. Daisy and Phoebe had roles as babies on a show called Fat Friends, he would go along and serve has an extra, after Fat Friends he attended an acting school in Barnsley. He starred in an ITV1 drama called If I Had You, and had a small part in Waterloo Road. He was a sixth form student at Hall Cross School, a state comprehensive school, and a former pupil of the Hayfield School. As a student at Hall Cross, Tomlinson starred in several musical productions. In 2010, Tomlinson auditioned as solo candidate for the seventh series of The X Factor. Tomlinson auditioned for The X Factor with the song “Hey There Delilah”, receiving votes from all three judges. At bootcamp, he sang “Make You Feel My Love” before being rejected and put into One Direction. Tomlinson currently resides with band member Harry Styles in North London. Tomlinson is currently in a relationship with Hollister model and Manchester University student Eleanor Calder.