One Direction will reportedly mark their 10th anniversary with a TV special rather than new music.
Social media has been alight with speculation over the boys’ reunion plans after eagle-eyed fans spotted all four members of the group, who went on hiatus at the end of 2015, re-following departed member Zayn Malik on Twitter, and that the One Direction account has also been reactivated.
Directioners have been sharing screenshots that purportedly show the boys plan to release a new track, Five, in October (2020), to mark their 10th anniversary, but a source tells British newspaper The Sun any reunion is likely to be a small TV celebration.
“They are back in touch but talks between them are only about something small to mark the anniversary,” the insider says. “They all have their own music ongoing so a reunion right now just wouldn’t make sense.”
Three of the lads were due to go out on tour this year, but have been forced to pull gigs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the source close to the group says the delay in promoting their solo records means a full reunion is off the cards for now.
“Harry, Niall and Louis have postponed tours which they will need to complete,” they add. “A reunion with all five members is a wonderful idea but in practice these things take a long time to arrange and it doesn’t seem feasible at the moment. And with the continued threat of coronavirus, it is unlikely they will be able to get together for the anniversary.”
However, Liam has fuelled rumors they will get together to mark the 10th anniversary of their 2010 formation on The X Factor U.K. by telling The Sun that it’s under discussion.
“We’ve got a 10-year anniversary coming up so we’ve all been speaking together a lot over the last few weeks,” he teased.”There’s a number of different things that we’re trying to make happen.”
Representatives for the band did not immediately respond to a request for comment on any reunion plans.