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Interesting Facts You Don’t Know About One Direction, One of the Most Successful Bands of This Generation

One Direction has long disbanded but it remains alive in the hearts of avid fans, whose only wish is to see the members Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Niall Horan reunite. Despite deciding to take an indefinite hiatus and focusing on each of their careers, they are still considered one of the most successful bands of this generation.

The British-Irish boy band had released highly successful albums, headlined several world tours, and earned coveted prestigious awards, all while sweeping hearts of solid 1D fans. This 2020, One Direction is celebrating its 10th anniversary so here are some things you may not know about the group:

Other Name

The band’s name is easily memorable and is quite notable, but did you know that they could have had an entirely different moniker? The five handsome boys were supposed to be called USP, which stands for Unique Selling Point – quite a hard sell.

Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock — One Direction was supposed to be called USP

Luckily, this name didn’t see light. Harry was the one who came up with One Direction, although he previously said that it didn’t have any hidden meaning to it.

TV Appearances

Being recognized globally meant more stints. So when they appeared in the Nickelodeon show ‘iCarly,’ many fans had seen it from a mile and were, of course, delighted to see their idols on TV. That’s not all, One Direction, sans Zayn, voiced their own characters in the hit animated series ‘Family Guy.’

Zayn Malik’s Fear

Once it became a household name, One Direction traveled across the globe to perform for their undying fans. Prior to making it big, however, Zayn has never flown in a plane because he was nervous about boarding an aircraft.

Debby Wong/Shutterstock — Zayn Malik was nervous about flying

His first experience was with his bandmates and in an interview, the soon-to-be-dad recalled how he was sat beside Louis, who only made the experience worse. Zayn’s bandmate told him how the plane was going to do a ‘loop-de-loop in the air,’ so the ‘Pillowtalk’ singer felt scared during the first 20 minutes of the trip.

Matching Tattoos

Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock — Niall Horan is the only member without a cross tattoo

They were making it big and what better way to honor the friendship than to get matching tattoos – at least for the four of them. All of them except Niall have inked a cross symbol on their ankles, a move that made Louis addicted to getting doodles on his body.

Friends with James Corden

Being in the spotlight for a decade meant forming special bonds with a lot of famous celebrities. However, the most notable perhaps is their friendship with James Corden.

Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock — One Direction is good friends with James Corden

One Direction was a guest in ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ the famous segment of James’ show, and even after they have disbanded, some of the members still appeared in ‘The Late Late Show.’

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