Who would have thought it...
Zayn Malik, 23
Probably the biggest career turn-around comes from baby-faced Bradford boy Zayn Malik, who once refused to dance at the X Factor auditions. Now? Zayn is sitting pretty with topless cover shoots, supermodel girlfriends and raunchy lyrics from his debut album, Mind Of Mine. Zayn’s transformation started with a full sleeve tattoos and a hair restyle (is he morphing into David Beckham?!), and a nasty break from 1D, as well as ex fiancé Perrie Edwards, but what’s next? A massively successful solo career: tick. New relationship with Victoria's Secret model Gigi Hadid: tick. And (this is our favourite), becoming a community hero: tick. Yep, it's been reported that Zayn has recently purchased a box at local club Bradford FC so that kids from underpriviledged backgrounds can watch football. He's even named the box Walter Brannan - after his grandfather.
Harry Styles, 22
Could Harry's life get any better right now? The boy is barely out of his teens, and he’s already had a record-breaking successful career, multiple relationships with intelligent, gorgeous women and a wardrobe everyone in the InStyle office would love to raid - Saint Laurent ankle boots with Gucci floral suits? Not bad for a boy who started out in a band called White Eskimo. Harry is the heart throb of group, and while he was linked to Kendall Jenner, we can't see Hazza being tied down anytime soon. Harry famously chopped off his locks for a role in the upcoming Dunkirk film, and has now covered Another Man Magazine to launch his solo career with three very different looks - see the pictures below.
Louis Tomlinson, 24
The oldest in the band, and a freshly minted father, Louis Tomlinson can forget about the sound of screaming fans for a while and tune in to the sound of his son’s screams. The baby was born to Mum Briana, an American stylist (who is Briana Jungwirth? Find out more here), on January 22nd 2016. So what happens from here? One Direction are taking some time out, presumably so Louis can spend some quality time with his new born, but will it be One Dad-rection (sorry) from now on? We can see 1D approved pram line in the future…
Niall Horan, 23
The Irish charmer keeps himself on the down low, but has been linked to former InStyle cover girl Selena Gomez, as well as Neighbours actress Olympia Valance (yes, sister of Holly). When he first started out, Niall wanted to be like 'Beyonce or Justin Bieber' selling out arenas and making an (singular) album. Little did he know 1D would be a record-breaking, award-winning, multi-platinum selling band, ready to take some time out only five years into their career. He’s penned tracks on all five of the boys’ albums, so could we see more of Niall behind the scenes?
Liam Payne, 23
Liam Payne used to be a bit of a mystery. Aside from Leona Lewis (yes, that relationship happened), he hasn’t had many high-profile relationships...until now. Um, Cheryl Cole? Who'd have thought. Rumour has it she's expecting their first baby...
We do know he’s put pen to paper and written a lot of One Direction’s material, and goes by the name ‘Big Payno’ or ‘Payno’ to remix tracks (in a future house style). Edgy. Just like Zayn and Harry, Liam is 100% committed to releasing solo material, and has written tracks in rap and country, too. Umm…we couldn’t quite see a rap career for Liam, but a new R'n'B track has just been leaked by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, featuring Liam on vocals. Hear it to believe it.