Now, South African Directioners will get the inside scoop into the band after Malik’s exit, recording their new album as well as the impending ‘break’ the band members intend to take.
On Sunday the group will be on the couch for The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV Choice. Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson will also perform two smash hits, Perfect and Drag Me Down live.
The boys will chat about life on the road. “I don’t know if it’s so much longing for the other side, I know grass is always greener type thing but sometimes it’s more just a realisation that sometimes you realise you feel more comfortable on the road than you do at home. If you’re at home for a few days then you might be like, well for the last four years we’ve been moving so much you kinda don’t know what to do with yourself sometimes if you’re actually at home. So it’ll be nice just doing that for a while,” Styles says.
Jonathan will prod the band about their former bandmate, Zayn Malik, who left the band earlier this year.
“You know, I think we all kind of noticed that he wasn’t thoroughly enjoying it and we were and you know it can be an intense job at times and I think it got a little bit too much for him and he wanted to be in a different place and that’s fair enough and he’s got his own way now so fair do’s,” Payne says.
Apparently they are still on speaking terms, but Payne believes Malik wants to distance himself from the group.
About their upcoming ‘break’ Styles has this to say: “I don’t know, I think we’ve got the album coming out and stuff and obviously we just finished the tour so we have a lot of work that we’re still focusing on and then I think the point of the break is that it’s going to be a break and we’re going to have some time off with no pressure.”
Styles will also be under pressure, when Ross asks if the band’s most recent song, Perfect, and whether it was about his ex-flame, Taylor Swift.
“Okay, I didn’t know that was the speculation. I’d say I think everyone writes from personal experience and I think you draw from lots of different things and songs aren’t always necessarily about what people may take them to be about, sometimes they are,” he says.
Tomlinson interjects, “The point of that song is often when we do meet people it is quite hectic and it is quite chaotic so it was kind of putting that into a song.”
Watch One Direction in their special interview and performance on The Jonathan Ross Show on ITV Choice, DStv channel 123, Sunday
29 November 2015 at 9.20pm.