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All the evidence that the One Direction reunion is happening

Will Zayn be returning?

Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson in TriStar Pictures’ One Direction: This Is Us. The band is rumored to be reuniting — without Zayn.
Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson in TriStar Pictures’ One Direction: This Is Us. The band is rumored to be reuniting — without Zayn.
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Is a One Direction reunion actually happening?

Billboard reports a reunion is likely on the horizon after Liam Payne spoke with James Cordon and said he wasn’t “allowed to say too much” but the band was “speaking a lot more at the moment.”

“I can’t say too much. It was actually Louis (Tomlinson) [who] told me off for revealing a bit about our plans the other day. So I had a group telling off on the group chat.”

Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson spent years at the top of the charts — and teenage hearts — as the band “One Direction.” But all that ended in 2015 after the abrupt departure of Malik. The band announced they would be “taking a break,” BBC reports.

In 2017, Horan hinted at a 2020 reunion when he said the band would be “stupid not to” reunite for the 10th anniversary of their hit 2010 single “What Makes You Beautiful,” reports CNN.

Styles has also made comments about a possible reunion in a recent SiriusXM interview, saying he’s open to do a social-distancing performance with the band over Zoom, even though it’s not “the reunion we [the band] had in mind,” E! News reports.

Tomlinson also mentioned a potential reunion in February to BBC Breakfast, calling it “inevitable.” He also told The Independent that his “gut” said the band would get back to together because “it was just too magical for all of us to never do it again.”

In addition to the trail of hints left by the band members themselves, all the band members are now following each other on Instagram once again — even Malik, CNN reports.

But it seems like the newly-rekindled Instagram friendship doesn’t cross over into real life. Payne jokingly invited a collaborator on his latest single, “Alesso,” to fill in for Malik in the hypothetical reunion, indicating that the disenfranchised band member won’t be coming back to “One Direction” — 10th anniversary or not, CNN reports