When you are a solo artist, people tend to allow you to get away with things easier because they understand that the pressure of being in the music industry can be tough. But it’s different for groups because there’s always one member that pulls everyone back together, right? While two members could be spiraling out of control, one will come in and fix the situation. But what do you do when all of the members are quite scandalous in their own right? That’s more or less the situation for One Direction, who made endless headlines during their 5-year career run. From cheating affairs to Zayn Malik deciding to leave the band — the band has faced a lot of negative reputation over the last few years. Let’s remind ourselves of the worst ones
13. Zayn Leaving The Band
Despite having grown tired of the whole One Direction experience, nobody would have thought that Zayn Malik would infamously (and suddenly) quit the band in the midst of their world tour. The 23-year-old, who has since inked a solo deal with RCA Records, announced his departure last March, and according to reports, his former band mates have not remained in touch with him. They felt betrayed, and considered the move selfish and very unprofessional. Zayn leaving One Direction evidently hurt their music sales, which supposedly led to their mutual decision in taking a much-needed hiatus.
12. Louis Tomlinson Gay Allegations
Who can forget about the infamous claims made against Louis Tomlinson and his sexuality? Having conquered America with endless breakout hits, many outlets were eager to know more about the boys. It wasn’t long until several sources began speculating whether Tomlinson was gay or not. He was known as the one that didn’t have girls in his hotel rooms when the boys were on tour, and supposedly didn’t find a girlfriend until later on in his career. The claims didn’t sit too well with Louis, who slammed every news outlet that had made those allegations against him. He’s now the proud father of his one-month-old son, Freddie.
11. Louis And Zayn’s Marijuana Smoking Video
Another scandal that took place during their second tour was when Zayn and Louis were recorded smoking weed together. The two, who had been rehearsing for a show, entered a vehicle and drove to their location while smoking marijuana in the presence of several team members. The video went viral all over social media, and to say that parents were fuming is an understatement. The video clip caused so much outrage that the One Direction boys were forced to make a public apology for anyone that had been offended by their reckless decisions.
10. Endless Cheating Affairs
This was mostly blamed on Zayn, but Harry Styles had his fair share with the ladies too. Zayn, on the other hand, was already engaged to Little Mix’s lead singer, Perrie Edwards, who couldn’t wait to wed her longtime boyfriend. And despite the fact that he had cheated on Edwards with multiple women over the course of years — with endless photos in evidence — Perrie always took him back. Ironically, Zayn eventually dumped Perrie and called off their engagement via text message. Ouch!
9. Harry Styles, Taylor Swift Romance
Harry wouldn’t mind you forgetting about his brief romance with Taylor Swift, and the British-born singer has his reasons. The couple reportedly split after Taylor became more and more concerned about Styles and whether or not he was being faithful to her. Sources had alleged that multiple women were stepping in and out of Harry’s home, which eventually led Swift to believe that everything people had said about him was true: he was an alleged promiscuous cheater.
8. Louis Tomlinson, Briana Jungwirth Baby
Probably one of the biggest scandals in One Direction history came when Louis announced he was going to be a father. The woman who carried the baby was a one-time one night stand kind of thing, meaning that the pregnancy was anything but planned. Tomlinson disappointed millions of his fans, who felt sickened by the thought of Louis hooking up with a stranger and engaging in unprotected sex with her. While the news initially shocked him, Louis seems happy to be a father — especially now that he has a year off from performing and singing. He can spend a lot of time with Freddie.
7. Niall Horan Hooking Up With Ed Sheeran’s Then-Girlfriend, Ellie Goulding
Niall Horan caused some controversy in the music industry when he started seeing Ellie Goulding, who was still in a relationship with Ed Sheeran at the time. The platinum-selling artist felt betrayed by the fact that Niall, whom he had considered a close pal, would betray him and sleep with his girlfriend. And while Ed has forgiven both of them, there’s no doubt in my mind that he would’ve ended his friendship with Horan right after finding out about his girlfriend’s affair. A friend like that can never be trusted again.
6. Liam Payne’s “Homophobic” Comment
Liam Payne left fans fuming when he made the so-called “outrageous” comment during a show, saying, “This is my favorite song off the last album, and it is about trying to find that number one woman of your life, which none of you can relate to, ’cause most of you are girls. Except for the boys in here, you know what I’m talking about.” The former X Factor contestant had to stress on multiple occasions how sorry he was for the comment if it had offended anyone, which it supposedly did.
5. One Direction Vs. The Wanted
Anybody remember The Wanted? Well, I do — sorta. They were another bunch of guys, who had broke out of the UK charts with their smash hit, ‘Glad You Came,’ before disbanding soon after. One Direction and The Wanted were constantly feuding with one another; never in person, but always over social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. The 1D boys felt that TW had nothing compared to them; no star quality, barely any vocal abilities, and certainly no stage presence. Eventually, both groups realized that the feuding was doing more harm than good, so they squashed their beef during a much-needed phone call.
4. Niall Horan Describing His Fans With The C-Word
“You shower of c**ts,” Niall was quoted telling fans at a Dublin airport. The comments annoyed and outraged fans, considering that they had been waiting for the singer for hours — so being greeted with the c-word was anything but nice. Niall later explained his reasoning for making such an odd comment, saying that he was only joking and that people should loosen up a little bit. He apologized to those who couldn’t sense that he was only joking.
3. ‘Temporary’ Split Over Feuding
Last year, the group announced that they would be taking a break from the music industry for a year, having grown tired of performing for five years straight and never finding time to see their family and friends. It was also said that the boys have been feuding and fighting so much, they couldn’t wait to announce their “temporary” split, just so that they can take a breather and remember why they’ve gotten as far as they have. Still, when you spend too much time with somebody, eventually you need a break from them.
2. Song Plagiarism Claims
One Direction were often slammed for alleged plagiarising. It’s not hard to figure out that many of their songs have the same context, the same lyrics and the same melody, so it’s not anything we didn’t already know. However, Hayley Williams was left fuming when she heard the group’s hit single, ‘Steal My Girl,’ as it reminded her so much of another band. She angrily Tweeted, ”[The] beginning of that new 1D song couldn’t sound any more like the beginning of @newfoundglory’s “its not your fault” but…”
1. Animal Cruelty
‘Steal My Girl’ caused more controversy when it was reported that the animals used in the group’s music video had been chained so that they partook in whatever they were supposed to do. So, if the director wanted the monkeys to be sitting by one of the group members, they would allegedly chain the monkey until they cooperated with what was expected of them for that particular scene. Animal rights activists were sickened to their stomachs over the reports, while One Direction refused to comment.