Words by Mara Karniella Sugue
We did it, ladies. We survived 1,000 days without One Direction. It’s been that long since One Direction had their last performance on The X Factor back in December 2015 (that’s around 2.7 years without 1D!). Even if our hearts are still truly, madly, deeply in love with the group, we can’t help but be proud of them now that they’re thriving in their own solo careers. So what are the boys up to nowadays?
Kissy. Thank you for coming out to see us, it has been a pleasure playing for you all. I'm off to write some more music and I hope I'll be seeing you again very soon. Thank you to my band, the crew, and all of you for making this tour so wonderful. Treat people with kindness. Goodbye for now. I love you all. H
Back in May 2017, Harry released his first solo album. And along with that, he also recently finished the final show of his first world tour last July. Harry also starred in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk which was also nominated for Best Picture in the Oscars back in 2017. He even shot an ad campaign with Gucci! Right now, Harry is currently on a break and hasn’t done anything since the end of his tour, but we’re hoping that would change soon with rumors of HS2 just being around the corner.
From the release of his first single, This Town, Niall is now on the last leg of his first world tour. His album, Flicker, which was released in October of 2017, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Niall also released a song called Finally Free for the animated movie, Smallfoot. Aside from his music career, he also signed with Wilhelmina Models and is now currently dating Hailee Steinfeld (*heart eyes emoji*).
Liam released his first EP, First Time, just last month. Prior to this, he also released songs like Strip That Down and Bedroom Floor. His collab song with Rita Ora, For You, was also the theme song for the movie Fifty Shades Freed. Last May, he also announced that his album will be released on September 14! After the 1D hiatus, Liam also had a baby boy (named Bear) with ex-girlfriend Cheryl Cole.
Despite being the only One Direction member to not have an album or EP out, Louis is also doing some impressive solo stuff. He first appeared as a celebrity judge on The X Factor, but is now a full-time judge on the 15th season of the show. Before being a judge, he also released some music including Just Hold On and Back To You. Louis also promised his fans that a full-length album is on the way and we can’t wait! #LT1IsComing
Of course, we have to include Zayn. His solo career started early after he left the group. After the release of his album, Mind of Mine, he also released music here and there (including a collab song with Taylor Swift). He also said that he has a second album on the way. Zayn also did some modeling on the side, and is also currently going strong with girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
What are your thoughts on the boys’ solo careers? Leave your comments down below!