One Direction: 10 years of the band – in pictures

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One Direction were born on series seven of The X Factor, where they reached the final – losing out to Matt Cardle

Dormant pop beasts One Direction are marking their 10th anniversary on Thursday by launching a new website containing a series of celebration videos, archived behind-the-scenes footage and interactive playlists for fans to enjoy.

The much-loved boy band, who have been on hiatus since 2015, broke their two-year Twitter silence on Wednesday, to announce: “Tomorrow! You and me got a whole lot of history #10YearsOf1D.”

The pop act first appeared on ITV talent show The X Factor in 2010 and went on to make the Best Song Ever (quite literally).

Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and former bandmate Zayn Malik have stolen plenty of hearts along the way too.

With rumours of a 2020 reunion rife, check out their story of their music life below, and remind yourselves of exactly what makes them beautiful.

One Direction formed on The X Factor in 2010

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The five-piece were formed as a group on The X Factor after having entered as individual performers, and soon signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Records company.

One Direction in 2011

They ended up having huge chart success with four UK number one albums and four number ones singles.

One Direction in 2012

The boy band’s prowess was recognised with multiple Teen Choice Awards, Brit Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards.

One Direction in 2012

They have had global hits with songs like Best Song Ever, Little Things, Steal My Girl, Story Of My Life and What Makes You Beautiful – the latter being the most-played One Direction track ever in the UK, according to music licensers PPL.

One Direction in 2012

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1D, as they are affectionately known, have also won America Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

One Direction in 2013

They have sold more than 50 million records around the world, and also worked with charities like Children in Need.

One Direction in 2014

In 2015, the band of five became four, when Malik quit in the middle of a world tour, citing stress.

One Direction in 2014

As he went it alone, the departing member later called One Direction’s music “generic” and said it didn’t suit his tastes.

One Direction in 2015

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One Direction went on as a four-piece, but later that year announced they were to go on hiatus… where they have remained until now.

One Direction in 2015

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During that time, though, all four have forged careers as solo artists, yet always left the door open for a reunion.

One Direction in 2015

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Payne (second left) hinted in April this year that the group might reunite in 2020 to mark their 10th anniversary. “I’m not allowed to say too much obviously, because I’d be giving it away,” he told presenter James Corden.

One Direction in 2015

“But we’ve been speaking a lot more at the moment,” he added. “I think that we’re all feeling that that 10 year[s] is a very special moment.”

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