ALL ABOUT ONE DIRECTION!
Their Story, Songs, Style & Secrets!
Plus: Over 175 Hot Pics and Fun Facts about Each Guy
(NEW YORK, June 6, 2012) –In just two years, the One Direction gang – Zayn, Niall, Louis, Liam, and Harry – have gone from being X-Factor contestants to becoming the hottest boy band on the planet. They’re racked up hits, their live tour created an international sensation, and they’ve mesmerized millions of devoted fans who just can’t get enough of the charming quintet. In honor of 1D Mania – and the band’s U.S. tour ending in August – PEOPLE magazine celebrates with a special collector’s issue featuring a giant pullout photo, more than 175 hot photos, and fun facts about each guy.
Highlights from PEOPLE’s One Direction Collector’s Special:
HARRY: The backstory on the boy with the megawatt smile who’s become one of the band’s biggest heartthrobs. So what’s next for the singer, who brings big sister Gemma, 21, on tour with him and who – while traveling – stays close to his mom with frequent text messages? “We want to have No. 1’s, travel a lot, go back to America and have as much fun as possible,” the singer said. “I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”
Fun facts: He speaks French; he can juggle; his celeb crush is Rhianna.
LOUIS: 1D’s funniest member is notorious for spending the most time doing his hair and splurging on clothes. And he seems to be looking for a girl a lot like himself. “I like someone who doesn’t take like too seriously,” he tells PEOPLE. “Someone you can have a good laugh with.”
Fun facts: He likes to surf and bungee jump; his first celeb crush was Emma Watson; he’d want Leonardo DiCaprio to play him in a movie.
ZAYN: He has movie star looks and a quiet demeanor, and can’t get enough of fashion, video games, and his four “brothers” in the band. “Before doing X Factor, I hadn’t done anything that required me to speak in front of cameras,” Zayn explains. “I had confidence issues. The X Factor helped me with that.”
Fun facts: He can’t swim; he can read Arabic; he’s afraid of heights.
LIAM: He’s known as the mellow, serious one, but Liam is also a proven fighter – battling bullies, stage fright, and a harrowing health crisis as a child. The athlete of the band, in high school he played basketball and succeeded as a long-distance runner. And when bullies started to pick on him, he learned how to box to defend himself. “I wanted to become a boxer,” he said, but that all changed once X Factor came calling: “You can’t turn up onstage with bruises.”
Fun facts: At 5’11”, he’s the tallest 1D member; he nearly became an Olympic runner; he broke his nose boxing.
NIALL: A native of Ireland and the lone blond of the band, Niall is the most laid-back if 1D and the biggest foodie – plus he plays guitar. He also trained as a jockey as a kid. Talking about things he’d love to splurge on one day, he tells PEOPLE, “I’ll probably end up buying a few racehorses.”
Fun facts: He’s dyed his hair blond since he was 12; his celeb crush is Demi Lovato; he’s claustrophobic.
PEOPLE’s Special Collector’s Issue on One Direction is on newsstands June 8 – June 29.