List of One Direction members

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One Direction performing on their Take Me Home Tour, February 2013. From left to right: Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson

There are five members in the London-based English-Irish pop boy band One Direction: Niall James Horan, Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik, Liam James Payne, Harry Edward Styles, and Louis William Tomlinson.

Malik, Payne, Styles and Tomlinson are from England; Horan is from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland.

Below are profiles of the group, in alphabetical order.

Niall Horan

Horan at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014.

Niall James Horan, born (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 21),[1] is from Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland.[2] The younger son of two boys born to Bobby Horan and Maura Horan, now Maura Gallagher,[2] he has an older brother named Greg.[3] Their parents divorced when he was five.[2] He and his brother lived between each of their homes for a few years before eventually deciding to live with their father in Mullingar.[2] Horan was a pupil at Coláiste Mhuire, a boys' Christian Brothers school.[4][5] He was in his school's choir, performing seasonally around Christmas.[6][7]

Prior to participating in The X Factor at age 16,[8] he performed around his homeland, including as a support act for Lloyd Daniels in Dublin.[9] Horan has been playing guitar since his childhood.[10] Horan has also stated that he is a "big swing" fan, citing favourite artists Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Bublé.[11] Horan liked rock music and is a fan of The Eagles, Bon Jovi and The Script.[11][12] He supports Football League Championship side Derby County.[13]

Zayn Malik

Malik at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014

Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik,[14] born (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 21),[15] is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.[16] His father, Yaser Malik, is British Pakistani, and his mother, Tricia (née Brannan) Malik, is of Irish and English descent.[17] He has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa.[5][18]

He grew up in East Bowling,[16] was a pupil at Lower Fields Primary School, and went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school.[19] Malik did not fit in at his first two schools due to his mixed heritage. Malik has stated that he started taking pride in his appearance after moving schools at the age of twelve.[9] Upon auditioning for The X Factor, he stated: "I was looking for an experience".[20] He cites urban music as his main musical influence, growing up, he was into R&B and rap.[9][20] He as well as other members of One Direction further notes artists such as Bruno Mars, as a "dream collaborator."[21] Malik is a heavy cigarette smoker; in late 2011, he expressed his desire to quit.[22] Malik is Muslim, and once affirmed that by tweeting "La ila ha ill lalla ho muhammed door rasoolalah" (declaration of faith, meaning: "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah").[23] In June 2012, Malik's approach to Islam was criticised by blogger Debbie Schlussel, who accused him of advertising Islam to young fans; at the same time, he was criticised, on Twitter, by conservative Muslims, for not taking Islamic doctrine seriously enough.[24][25] In July 2014, during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Malik tweeted the message "#FreePalestine" to his 13 million Twitter followers, reportedly provoking anger from One Direction fans in Israel.[26]

As of 18 August 2013, Malik is engaged to singer Perrie Edwards, of girl group Little Mix.[27] Malik, along with bandmates Harry and Louis, support Manchester United.[28] He also supports Pakistan's national cricket team and once tweeted when Pakistan lost the Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-finals.[29]

Liam Payne

Payne at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014

Liam James Payne,[30] born (1993-08-29) 29 August 1993 (age 21),[31] is from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.[2] Born three weeks early, to Karen and Geoff Payne,[2][32] he has two older sisters, Ruth and Nicola.[5] Until the age of four, Payne had regular tests done in hospital as doctors noticed one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional.[32] To help cope with the pain, he had 32 injections in his arm in the morning and evening as a child.[32] As a student, Payne was heavily involved in sports.[9] Payne was bullied in secondary school and took up boxing lessons at the age of 12.[9] He was a music technology student at City of Wolverhampton College.[33]

Payne had once performed in front of a crowd of 26,000 at a Wolverhampton Wanderers football match.[6][7] He supports West Bromwich Albion.[34] Payne first auditioned in 2008 to The X Factor '​s fifth series when he was fourteen.[33] He made it to the judges' houses, but Cowell thought he was not ready for the competition and asked him to come back in two years.[33] Payne came back to the show two years later and auditioned with the song, "Cry Me a River" and blew the judges away.[35] Payne cites Justin Timberlake as one of his biggest influences.[36] He also said that he draws inspiration from Take That member Gary Barlow when performing.[36]

In his time of One Direction, Payne has written many songs for the group alongside bandmate Louis Tomlinson and has also taken up on producing remixes.