One Direction have just won their first MTV Video Music Award, but two years ago they were fighting to get to the final on ‘The X Factor’. Check out all the reasons we love them (and their journey so far) by clicking through the gallery!
Here at LOOK we can’t think of a better reason to flick through super-cute pictures of the 1D boys. One Direction – aka Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson – captured our hearts as solo singers on The X Factor, before being put in a group by Simon Cowell.
After forming 1D, the boys went on to make the live finals and come third in the series, before rising to superstardom. While their home fans love them lots, their American fans have started following their every move too, since they teamed up with American boyband Big Time Rush for a US Tour.
Whether they’re hanging out with celebrity pals like Cher Lloyd, Aiden Grimshaw, Jack Whitehall, Pixie Geldof and Nick Grimshaw, or being linked to ladies like Rebecca Ferguson and Perrie Edwards (Zayn), or Caroline Flack, Cara Delevingne, Emma Ostilly and every other woman with a pulse (Harry), or Demi Lovato (Niall), these boys are still as down to earth as ever.
In our list of reasons as to why we love them, we’ve got some cute baby pictures of the boys that show they were made for fame, some BAD fashion choices (not sure about those onesies), some shirtless candids (HOT), and some weird facts – which of the lads is afraid of spoons?!
Click through the gallery (updated: 1 February 2013) and see if the reason YOU love One Direction is included…
Harry Styles was spotted on the front row at London Fashion Week S/S 2013, sat right next to Dita Von Teese! We do love a stylish chap…
You’d never guess, but Niall’s actually got braces – if you look closely at this pic you can see the cleverly coloured brace on his top teeth. We love his sweet smile!
Harry got a big hug from his pal Jack Whitehall (from TV show ‘Bad Education’) at a London Fashion Week party. EVERYONE loves Harry!
One Direction’s Niall Horan was born on 13 September, 1993. Cute.
You can see Harry was already a cheeky chap in this school photo!
Aw, look at Liam Payne in this vintage photo!
Look at this! Liam was singing from an early age.
Who knew Liam would end up with millions of girls screaming his name!
Louis was clearly a sporty kid – adorable.
Cheesy pic alert! We love this Liam shot… (Get it?)
Liam’s sisters Nicola and Ruth look very proud of their baby brother here. We bet they’re still JUST as proud!
Zayn and his older sister Doniya look super-cool in their shades…
Harry’s hair might be out of control these days, but when he was a kid it was shiny and sleek.
Louis was working on his pop star poses from an early age.
Louis’ sense of style has improved as he’s got older. Luckily.
Harry still seems just as interested in women’s underwear as he was back then. Ha!
Look at those eyes! There’s no mistaking Niall Horan in that little soldier’s uniform.
Zayn and his beloved family dog cuddle up for an adorable photo.
While they were in competition on ‘The X Factor’, the band hung out with their fellow contestants, including Aiden Grimshaw.
Niall heard that Katy Perry was single before the VMAs (she was actually still with John Mayer) and said he’d be after her at the ceremony! Oo-er…
Jokester Louis left ‘The X Factor’ studio in a hospital gown. Click on to see what happened next…
Harry and the rest of the lads definitely like to be comfortable once in a while! We’d snuggle up with them…
We like that they were confident enough to wear these, but we’re glad these looks didn’t stick…
While Niall had an American Flag-print onesie, Liam sported a plain blue one.
Alright, he’s basically walking around in a sleeping bag, but Zayn always looks gorgeous in green.
Watching them get SO nervous every week to see if they got through to the next live show frayed our nerves.
The Saturdays think they’re “cute” and love them. We do too…
Hmm, we’re not sure a mask of your OWN face is going to work, Niall…
They even got notorious grump Simon Cowell to smile. Possibly because he started totting up all that money they were about to make him…
We love that they always seem SO excited to be so successful – no more than they were on ‘The X Factor’.
American celebs are ALL commenting on how much they love the gorgeous Brit boys, from Nicole Scherzinger to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Pink, Selena Gomez, and SO many more.
They all co-wrote four songs on their first album, ‘Up All Night’. SO talented!
They played air stewards for fans to raise £50,000 for Comic Relief.
We wish all pilots looked like One Direction!
We love how the boys are with their girlfriends – Louis often takes Eleanor Calder to sport and music events. Adorable.
Yes ladies, Louis is a Capricorn. Are you compatible?
Niall Horan’s good luck charm is a pair of white socks…
Liam has a (very random) fear of spoons. He says he can’t use them in restaurants because he “doesn’t know where they’ve been.” Er…
Wow, Niall and Liam look super-hot here with the always glam Alexandra Burke.
Their debut single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ went straight in at number one in the UK charts.
Louis confessed to a slightly odd pre-gig ritual with Haribo: “We do the sweets like they’re drinks. We ‘cheers them’.” Interesting…
Would anyone else like to cook with Louis? We would…
Let’s hope Niall doesn’t hold that up anywhere near Liam…
Harry never wanted to be a chef – but he did used to want to be a lawyer! Harry McBeal, anyone?
Zayn looks like the type of guy you’d bring home to have dinner with your parents, right?
He doesn’t seem too worried about the spoon here… has he been cured?!
Their dolls are 30 cm in height, and were made to look like the boys using laser-image face sculpts… Spooky!
Harry definitely loves his ladies! Here he was spotted snogging Emma Ostilly…
Niall plays the guitar, and Harry… well, he plays the kazoo.
Their calendar is the best selling calendar of all time on Amazon.co.uk. We reckon 2013’s calendar will beat it…
They won their first BRIT award this year, for Best British Single!
They looked thrilled in the press room after collecting their gong!
Louis once said he likes girls who eat carrots… so now he gets lots of carrots as gifts from fans.
They insist that despite their huge team, every decision is run by the band. Louis says, “We like to be involved in everything, that way everything we do is ‘us’ and real”.
Zayn missed the V Festival in 2012 in order to spend time with girlfriend Perrie Edwards, and his family.
They supported US boy band Big Time Rush on tour in the USA in 2012.
Gorgeous Zayn and a gorgeous puppy. Doesn’t it take you back to the childhood pic of him and his dog?
Harry likes the ladies, who can forget his famous fling with Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack?
Harry was so nervous for their MTV VMAs performance that he couldn’t sleep!
Stars including Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift tweeted their excitement and photos of themselves dancing to One Direction at the TCAs!
The down-to-earth boys all still go out for their own groceries, just like they did during their early days as a band.
Harry said he’d “definitely” date a fan! Swoon…
They surf while they’re in LA. We LOVE surfers.
Zayn has some AMAZING tattoos, and he just keeps adding to them. Harry wants a half-sleeve too.
They admit the hardest part of fame is being away from home and their loved ones. Aw!
Liam used to own a pair of pink hair straighteners. True fact.
Harry’s middle name is Edward. Harry Edward? That’s two Prince’s names – well, he is pop royalty.
The boys got weekly hugs from Dermot O’Leary while they were on The X Factor. We’re not sure who we’re more jealous of…
Zayn’s middle name is Jawaad.
Louis middle name is (just) William.
Simon Cowell called them the “new Take That” after The X Factor.
Zayn offers girlfriend Perrie and her Little Mix bandmates advice when they ask for it! Cute.
Zayn took a Twitter hiatus for two days earlier this year after the ‘haters’ got to him. He’s back now though! Phew.
Snap! Liam and Niall both have James as a middle name.
No, we’re not sure what Harry’s wearing either. At least he looks happy?
In case you were wondering, they said they definitely don’t mind that bras and knickers are thrown on stage all the time.
In addition to merchandise like their dolls, they want waxworks, Transformers… and women’s lingerie. But they won’t do condoms like JLS.
They defended Prince Harry’s recent naked Las Vegas jaunt, saying they like him because he’s “real”.
Harry’s good pals with Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora! (And Louis.)
Harry’s favourite film is ‘Love Actually’… but he tells everyone it’s ‘Fight Club’ to seem more manly.
Liam has confessed he cried while watching ‘Marley & Me’. Bless.
Louis has FIVE sisters – Lottie, Fizz, Daisy, Phoebe, Georgia.
Zayn has three sisters too – Doniya, Waliyha, Safaa.
Their fellow X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd says they’ll have a “long and successful career”.
Harry says his biggest idol is Chris Martin from Coldplay!
Niall claims he’s only ever read ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’, and Liam says he’s only ever read the script of ‘An Inspector Calls’. Hmm…
Harry appears in Ed Sheeran’s first video for ‘Drunk’.
Think you know everything about One Direction? They even have a trivia game – 1D Girl Talk Board Game – so you can test yourself!
Zayn’s man crush is on Justin Timberlake, Niall’s is Michael Buble, Harry’s is Louis (bless) and Liam’s is Michael McIntyre.
They looked spooky for the Halloween ‘X Factor’, and they also appeared on US TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Spanish boy band “Juan Direction”. Amazing.
The band appeared as themselves on US kids’ TV show iCarly, and have their own show in the works at Nickelodeon.
Liam’s another attached Directioner – he got together with Danielle Peazer in December 2010.
Louis is the oldest member of the band – he was born on 24th December, 1991.
Look how happy they all look with Simon Cowell at ‘X Factor’ bootcamp!
They might have only come in third on ‘X Factor’, but Simon Cowell signed them up to SyCo immediately.
Zayn, Louis and Harry all support Manchester United.
Liam’s birthday is 29 August 1993, which makes him a Virgo. Don’t forget to send him a card!
One Direction’s 2011/2012 UK tour sold out in just TWELVE minutes.
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